Saturday, April 19, 2014

Negroes (and other minorities) wanted.

I am genuinely curious to know more about the republican strategy to lure minorities into their tent. Apparently they feel that their strategy has been having the desired effect of late.




I just read an article with anecdotal incident after incident of minorities choosing (or considering) the republican party over the other one. It's all, of course, very interesting, and it makes for good political debate and dickering back and forth.



But, at the end of the day, we all know the deal: Negroes will support the other party in overwhelming numbers.




"We been drinking the Democratic Kool-Aid for 40 years and I don’t see no change,” African-American Republican “convert” Bob Israel told a local ABC News outlet.


Not merely African-American voters but officeholders are backing off traditional Democratic support.




“'I am sure we will hear the moans and groans from our Democrat friends regarding our decision in this endorsement and support of a Republican,' said former four-term East St. Louis Mayor Carl Officer after announcing that he has formed a SuperPAC backing the GOP candidate for Illinois governor.


'However, we ask them to consider whether we do not need a totally different approach for all Illinoisans to have a chance to carve out their share of that American dream.'


Good governance is good politics, and the Republican effort to chip away at the Democratic Party’s monolithic minority support will require a shift in the party’s political priorities. But if they are successfully able to appeal to minority voters, expect the Democratic Party’s loyalists to react rather strongly, although not disproportionately, to the scope of the threat to their party’s electoral viability."




I am all for changing the flavors of my "Kool-Aid"; I just don't want my new drink to have poison in it.

Friday, April 18, 2014

The soapbox is yours.

I am not going to post anything tonight because I want you field hands to do some thread jacking.


But first, I have a couple of questions for you.


The first one is for you black folks who come to the fields:


What do you think about Pharrell's comments to Oprah about being "new black"?


Is he speaking truth, or is he just another rich black person with no clue about what's going on in the real America?


This is what someone commenting over at Bossip had to say:


 "I like Pharrell and I really appreciate that he thinks outside of the box but I think PR wise he needs to leave the subject of race alone cause things can get really inflammatory when you try to sanitize or "package" the black experience to caress and absolve white folks eardrums of their legacy of hatefulness. The insulated blacks that are living that life and are blessed to be in his position are always kowtowing and pandering to the notion that white folks don't have zero, zip, zilch to do with why our communities are so torn and well…it's such a disgraceful lie. Whites have had a 400 year head start, jim crow,
institutionalized racism and have used colorism to keep blacks pressed through divide and conquer tactics. These are the facts so China "exotical" Pharrell can have a boy bye!"  Ouch!


The second question is for you white readers:


Do you believe that teacher Gil Voigt should have been terminated for his comments to a black student about president Obama? 


I am interested in all of your thoughts.




*Pic from Jarvez.com











Thursday, April 17, 2014

Get your mind right.

I am going to try and post about Andre Johnson (AKA Christ Bearer) and the unfortunate situation with his...ahhm.... johnson, but it is going to be hard.


First, let me say that depression is a serious and growing problem in America.


Too many people focus on their physical and neglect their mental health. This is a mistake. And folks should recognize when someone they love is suffering from mental problems.


Mr. Johnson survived, but we just lost a beautiful young blogger due to her struggles with depression.


One can only wonder why someone in Andre Johnson's life didn't see the signs that led him to do the unthinkable.

"The Wu-Tang Clan-affiliated rapper who cut off his penis before leaping off the second-floor balcony of his North Hollywood apartment has lost the appendage for good, according to a report.


Andre Johnson — who raps under the name Christ Bearer — was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after he apparently flayed himself during the bizarre suicide bid early Wednesday, TMZ reported.


But doctors were unable to reattach the severed penis, the website reported." [Source]


Lord have mercy! I am trying but I can't do this. I am in pain just thinking about it.


Anyway, the young man is in stable condition, and even though he won't get his johnson back, at least he will live. Living being a relative term at this point.


You Negroes in America need to take note:


"Studies done by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) show that African Americans and whites experience depression differently. Black Americans are less likely than whites to have a major depressive disorder (MDD), said NIMH, but when they do, it’s more severe and less likely to be treated. Add to that the stigma around mental illness, and you have a recipe for tragedy. Among blacks who experienced MDD, the rate of chronic depression was 56.5 percent, compared with whites with MDD, who experienced chronic depression at a rate of 38.6 percent.


According to a recent Washington Post report by Tara Bahrampour, more African Americans are seeking help for mental illness. Said Bahrampour:
Many people, regardless of race, have a hard time talking about mental illness. But for many African Americans, the topic has carried particularly negative connotations — to the point where it’s easier to talk about drug or alcohol addiction than depression or anxiety. In 2008, whites received mental health treatment or counseling at nearly twice the rate of blacks, and whites received prescription medication for mental health-related issues at more than twice the rate of blacks, according to the 2010 National Healthcare Disparities Report. 
But African Americans’ acceptance of therapy has been rising in the past decade, providers say, particularly among the young and those with more education and in those urban areas with large black populations.  
There have been no large-scale studies about the recent shift, but providers interviewed said they have seen it in their work and in their communities.
Still, barriers of stigma and distrust aren’t easily overcome.


“There’s some shame and embarrassment,” Damian Waters, a marriage and family therapist whose clients are predominantly African American, told Bahrampour. “You’ll tell someone that you went to the doctor, but you won’t tell that you went to the counselor or psychiatrist. Also, there is the idea that their faith should carry them through, though often their problems are larger than that.”


Yes, always remember, "Faith alone without works is dead".








Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The second time around for Hank.

Hank Aaron hits home run 715, breaking Babe Ruth's record, on April 8, 1974. (Credit: Herb Scharfman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)Hank, I told you that this was going to happen. If you think you got the business from the racists in America when you were chasing the Babe's record, wait until you hear from this new crop of bigots.




"The Atlanta Braves received a bevy of angry, racist letters this week after an interview baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron did with USA Today.


A few days ago, Aaron, the senior vice president of the Braves, told USA Today:


 “Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated. We have moved in the right direction, and there have been improvements, but we still have a long ways to go in the country. The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”


That set off a firestorm of mail to the Braves, including a letter from someone named Edward. (USA Today only referred to those who sent letters by their first names.) The letter, which included racial epithets, said: “Hank Aaron is a scumbag piece of s—.”


“The Braves have been besieged by hundreds of letters, e-mails and phone calls deriding Aaron for comments he made to USA TODAY Sports,” the newspaper said. Sportswriter Bob Nightengale continued: 
Marion calls Aaron a “racist scumbag.” Ronald won’t attend another Braves game until Aaron is fired. Mark calls Aaron a “classless racist.” David says that he will burn Aaron’s I Had A Hammer autobiography.
Sheer racism, exposed in vile letters directed to Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, have poured into the Atlanta Braves offices over the past week."  [Source]
The irony is, of course, that *buy(by) showing their ignorance and bigotry they are confirming everything that Aaron said in his interview. "Racism? There is no racism. That is a thing of the past in America you trouble making, Nigger."




I give Aaron credit; he had to have known that he was going to open Pandora's box by going down this road. Telling the truth about racism is never going to be popular with certain people. My inbox reminds me of that fact every day.




Finally, I rarely do this, but I am going to try and give my right-wing friends some advice:




If you are serious about reaching out to African American, stop treating the same recycled black leaders who have been propped up by the main stream media as our official spokespeople.




Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson stopped being relevant to most black folks years ago. Yet you people on the right just won't let them go as your racial bogeymen.




Unfortunately Don Lemon took the bait, hopefully he learned his lesson.


 






















Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The lawbreaking Rancher and his anarchist friends.

cliven-bundy-484181373.jpgCliven Bundy is an anarchist and lawbreaker who should be arrested and thrown in jail. He has been illegally trespassing on federal land with his cattle since the nineties and now he owes over a million dollars to Uncle Sam.


He refuses to pay it. He is wrapping himself around the flag, and thanks to FOX News  and right wing pundits he has been praised in some circles as a true American patriot.


Why? He is no different than the "welfare cheat" who gets food stamps for children that he or she does not have, or who gets cash assistance from the department of welfare while working under the table.


Saturday he was surrounded by tea party types, nut job militiamen, and white supremacists, while he dared the federal government to come and take his cattle.


Well they should, and if some of these losers masquerading as patriots get hurt in the process well then so be it. You can't just shake your d^*k at the law and expect to get away with it. If you give these anarchist an inch they will want a yard.


nevada-484074669.jpgThe welfare rancher has already exhausted all of his legal remedies, and the court has ruled against him. But still, he refuses to obey the law and pay his fines. I mean the guy declared that he doesn't recognize the federal government for crying out loud. (At least not this version of it with the Negro in charge.)


"They have faith in the Constitution," he told KDWN-AM in Las Vegas on Monday. "The founding fathers didn't create a government like this."


They didn't expect American citizens to steal from their government, either.


Unfortunately, that is what Mr. Bundy is doing.










  

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mr. Miller's dream for America.

White men have become the biggest cowards ever to walk the earth. The world has never witnessed such yellow cowards. We’ve sat back and allowed the Jews to take over our government, our banks, and our media. We’ve allowed tens of millions of mud people to invade our country, steal our jobs and our women, and destroy our children’s futures. America is no longer ours. America belongs to the Jews who rule it and to the mud people who multiply in it.”
– U.S. Senate radio ad, 2010



“Our forefathers were absolutely right to be racists and to discriminate in favor of themselves. That racism and discrimination insured racial security, prosperity, and racial survival and procreation. ZOG and the Jews-media tricked us and shamed us out of our racism shame that has weakened us and divided us as a people, therefore cowards, unwilling to resist Jewish enslavement and genocide.”

 – “Cowardice is the White Man’s Survival Strategy!” Miller’s website


Frazier Glen Miller sounds like he is auditioning for a right- wing radio talk show or a prime time show on FOX News. Sadly for Frazier, though, he will be spending the rest of his useless and miserable life in prison.


Still, there are more Frazier Glen Millers out there. Most of them are cowards who comment anonymously on blogs, but every now and then one of them decides to act out his hateful fantasies. Sadly, the end result is what happened on Sunday.


This all reminds me of an interesting article I read today that was written by Michael Tomasky for the Daily Beast.


"Some time back, whenever a big racial controversy erupted, I trained myself into the habit of reading about it at FoxNews.com, just for the unbelievable comment threads. Let’s put it this way: If my friends and I went out to a bar and started playing a “let’s write the racist FoxNews.com comment thread” drinking game, our efforts couldn’t begin to approach what I read there.


I wasn’t alone. Liberal websites started feasting on these threads. And so, a couple of years ago, Ailes & Co. got wise. Stories about race were, at least in my disheartened experience, closed to comments.


Fox acted, I recall, back in February 2012, when the thread on Whitney Houston’s death made even many conservatives a little jumpy. Here’s a taste: “Whitney is just an inferior lo w life ni gg er that needed to go, no tragedy, no loss…” “Any death is a tragedy you heartless bastard…” “not nignogs their death is a plus…”


Well, at least there was that person in the middle there! But these threads were poisonous, and they didn’t appear just on Fox. They’ve been all over conservative websites and have bled into some mainstream ones, too. Lord, the things I read in comment threads on North Carolina newspapers’ sites in their stories about the “Moral Monday” protests. Believe it or not, conservative readers, I don’t go flinging the r-word around loosely. But these comments, hundreds, thousands of them, were just thuggishly racist. Nothing else to call them.


Beyond these, we have numerous instances of low-level (and sometimes not so low-level) Republican Party officials—Republican Party officials—making racist jokes about Obama. Here’s a little chrestomathy of some of them. If you follow the news closely, you know that hardly a…not quite a week, but let’s say hardly a fortnight goes by that some local GOPer doesn’t show up in the news explaining that he “didn’t mean any harm” in sending that email to friends showing watermelons piled up on the White House, and he’s sincerely sorry “if it offended anyone.” Often, of course, it’s something more malevolent than that.


And now it’s supposed to be controversial when Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) says, as he did Sunday on CNN, that “to a significant extent, the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism”? Please. You have to be living a life of willed ignorance and denial to take issue with what Israel said. (The link above, by the way, is to the FoxNews.com story; if you scroll down you will indeed see the inevitable and darkly amusing sentence “Comments are currently closed for this article.”)


...We should not, then, even be debating whether what Israel said is true. Sadly, we shouldn’t even be debating why Republican politicians won’t discuss it. My little hypothetical above showed why. None of them has the stones to. Some, Rand Paul and others, talk a little in general terms about how the party needs to “change” and “modernize.” But to spell out what that change and modernization would involve, in racial terms? No one will confront that." [Source]


They will not change. There are too many Frazier Glen Miller types out there who won't let them.  
 




  

Sunday, April 13, 2014

It's good to be black.

In the world of Britt Hume and other white republican males, nothing beats being a black man in America. To them, being black is the only reason Barack Obama became and Harvard educated lawyer and became president of the United States, and it is the only reason that Eric Holder became the highest ranking law enforcement official in the country. It's a twofer, and it drives right-wing white men of a certain age, crazy.


“This strikes me as kinda crybaby stuff from Holder,” Hume said. “My sense about this is both Eric Holder and Barack Obama have benefited politically enormously from the fact that they are African American and the first to hold the jobs that they hold.”


RELATED: O’Reilly: Eric Holder Uses Skin Color ‘As a Shield’ to Avoid Criticism


“To those two men, race has been both a shield and a sword that they have used effectively to defend themselves and attack others,” Hume continued. “It is depressing at this stage in our national life, after all we’ve been through on this issue and given the overwhelming consensus of civil rights, that this stuff is still going on.”


Black folks who have busted their butts in academia and in their work life, and who have achieved a relative amount of success in America, have heard this all before. When folks like Britt Hume and George Will make these pronouncements, we know just where they are coming from, and it is not a good place.


I agree with Hume that this is all "depressing", but I think it's depressing for a different reason. It's depressing because if it was left to them and people like them, civil rights would be at pre 1965 levels in this country.


Let's face it, quite a few of these people would rather live in North Korea, or have a former KGB agent as their president than this Negro.


Finally, a scary story that is still breaking out of Kansas.


 Suspect being taken into custory after three people are dead after shootings at Jewish-related locations in the Kansas City area. Authorities confirm that a suspect is in custody.
"An anti-Semitic gunman killed three people during a shooting spree at a Jewish community center and a senior home in a Kansas City suburb, authorities said.


Cops busted the triggerman, dressed in a white T-shirt and green jacket, outside a nearby elementary school. The man spewed anti-Semitic hate speech as officers led him away, local media reported.


"Heil Hitler!" the unkempt, elderly man yelled." [Source]


In the days to come we will hear more about this shooter and his motivations.


It should be interesting.


*Britt Hume's pic from whotalking.com









The downfall of the "religious right" and hypocrisy in American politics.

Karyn WashingtonLet me start this post by saying rest in peace to blogger Karyn Washington. She was a young sister who did some extraordinary things in the blogging world, and she started a movement to empower young girls of color.




She will be missed.




I agree with this author that the religious right and those who want a theocratic form of government here in America might be losing the culture and political wars to the more practical and secular minded among us.




I am sure that most people as individuals still consider themselves spiritual in one way or another, and they believe in a higher being or force guiding their lives. It's just that most people have a problem with politicians trying to dictate to them how and who they should worship. Folks are sick of politicians moralizing to them while doing the exact opposite (I see you Vance McAllister) in their own personal lives.




Folks are sick and tired of politicians passing laws to benefits those who already have far more than the rest of us while ignoring those who are truly in need in our society, and making foreign policy decisions based on their own personal religious convictions.




Damon Linker on W's second inaugural address:




"The speech was a crude expression of American parochialism and pious self-congratulation — the kind of address you'd expect from someone who believed toppling Saddam Hussein was a sufficient condition for creating a functioning democracy in Iraq, and who thinks that presidential rhetoric can rise no higher than paraphrasing the lyrics to "Onward Christian Soldiers." It was the speech of a simple-minded man leading a simple-minded administration."


Amen! And the "simple minded" politicians who subscribe to this simplistic and dogmatic code of morality are still around and still wreaking political havoc today. 


The good news is that they won't be around much longer, because, thankfully, like organized religion, their better days are behind them.



























Friday, April 11, 2014

The GOP's "Mamacita man ain't paying for no reparations.

People wonder why I am so hard on wingnuts and those of their ilk. It's because of people like Chris McDaniel and the people who support him.




In case you didn't know, Mr. McDaniel could be your next senator from the state of Mississippi.  He is pushing incumbent Thad Cochran in the GOP primary and he has the support of people like Sarah Palin.




"The Wall Street Journal reports that McDaniel once said, “If they pass reparations, and my taxes go up, I ain’t paying taxes.”


In addition McDaniel is alleged to have made derogatory remarks about Latinos.
McDaniel’s spokesman says, “The liberal press clearly loves to attack conservatives of all types. When Chris got into this race he knew they would throw mud, so it’s no surprise they’d dredge up decade-old comments made on conservative talk radio. Chris will continue to deliver his conservative message of controlling government spending, lowering taxes, and repealing Obamacare across the state.” [Source]




Of course ignorance like that will probably make him very popular among republican voters in Mississippi. He had more to say:




"On Mexico: “Why don’t we all immigrate south, let’s go to Mexico…You know, a dollar bill can buy a mansion in Mexico. And I think we all get together, go down there, build us a studio for like 26 pesos, uh and you know, put on a radio show right there in Mexico. Live the rest of our lives there.”


–Asked by someone else in the studio, “Do we have to learn Spanish?” Mr. McDaniel replied, “Yes, regrettably…You’ll have to learn just enough to ask where the bathroom is. Baños. Baños. That’s what you say.”


–Mr. McDaniel then asked someone to translate, “Do you have a sister?” “What about mamacita?” he offered. “Mamacita works….I’m an English-speaking Anglo. I have no idea what it means, actually, but I’ve said it a few times, just for, you know, fun. And I think it basically means, ‘Hey, hot mama.’ Or, you know, ‘You’re a fine looking young thing.’”


- Later, he weighed in on the momentary outcry over an ad released in international markets promoting the white version of a portable video-game console. The spot included a shot of a white woman and a black woman wrestling. “There’s a white woman, and she’s holding down a black woman. The world’s gone nuts. Listen to this. Minority groups in California screaming that the image is racist. ‘San Francisco politician Tom LeLand says ‘It’s racially charged, unnecessary and clearly offensive to our community.’ Well, she wasn’t holding down a gay guy.” [Source]




Nice. So he is a racist, a sexist, and a xenophobe. He will also probably be a US Senator soon, which probably says more about the modern- day republican party than it does Mr. McDaniel.




I wonder if any one of my black conservative friends will come forward to condemn his ignorant and benighted statements. If they do, I will be the first to praise them on this blog for standing up to someone in their gang.




I won't hold my breath, though; black conservatives don't like to "rock the boat". Go along to get along is their motto.




Finally, I am glad that O can joke about the "birther" movement, but there is nothing funny about those people. They are seriously taking this country backwards.


And if folks think that this movement was about anything other than race, I have a beautiful red statue with the words LOVE on it to sell you. It's sitting in a park here in Philly, just send me a check and you can go and pick it up.



“'And just to be clear, I know where my birth certificate is, but a lot of people don’t,' Obama added, to laughter from the crowd. 'I think it’s still up on a website somewhere.'


'Do you remember that? That was crazy' he remarked, clearly straying from his prepared speech. 'That was some crazy stuff. I haven’t thought about that in a while.”'




Sorry O, you should be thinking about it, because that's one of the reasons that you can't get things done in Washington. It wasn't "crazy"; it was wingnuts. They are the same folks who will be voting for Chris McDaniel.





















Thursday, April 10, 2014

How LBJ changed the makeup of America's two political parties.

So it's the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, and LBJ is getting all kinds of love down in Austin, Texas.


Three of our former presidents will be there, and our current president gave a speech recognizing the occasion and honoring LBJ as well.


He deserves some praise of course, but as one of my twitter friends said, I am not comfortable with him getting all the shine for this act getting passed when I know how much blood sweat and tears other black leaders and foot soldiers put into getting civil rights for people of color in this country.


LBJ was a complex fellow, who no doubt, like the Vice President before this current one, did some shaky things to amass wealth, grab power, and gain influence.


Yet still, as president, he presided over our government's effort to take care of the least among us in America. And it was his signature as president on the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts. He helped to get those bills passed "against all odds" at a time in this country when it was cool to be a bigot.


"Historian Alan Brinkley has suggested that the most important domestic achievement of the Great Society may have been its success in translating some of the demands of the civil rights movement into law"


This is true. And, to his credit, he knew that the passing of The Civil Rights Act would cause the Democratic Party to lose the Southern white vote forever. And it did.


BTW, if it is true that he actually made this statement: "I'll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years." (Which I honestly think is a wingnut version of an urban legend.) It actually worked. Because when white Southerners left and joined the republican party, black folks knew where they weren't wanted. Equal rights for all was something that should have been easy to embrace, but it wasn't; simply because of the history of racism in this country. Now the two political parties reflect the racial divide that still exists.


"You know, four days into his sudden presidency, and the night before he would address a joint session of the Congress in which he once served, Lyndon Johnson sat around a table with his closest advisers preparing his remarks to a shattered and grieving nation.

He wanted to call on senators and representatives to pass a civil rights bill, the most sweeping since Reconstruction. And most of his staff counseled him against it. They said it was hopeless, that it would anger powerful Southern Democrats and committee chairmen, that it risked derailing the rest of his domestic agenda.


And one particularly bold aide said he did not believe a president should spend his time and power on lost causes, however worthy they might be, to which, it is said, President Johnson replied: Well, what the hell's the presidency for? (Laughter, applause.) What the hell's the presidency for if not to fight for causes you believe in?


Today as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, we honor the men and women who made it possible. Some of them are here today. We celebrate giants like John Lewis and Andrew Young and Julian Bond.


We recall the countless unheralded Americans -- black and white, students and scholars, preachers and housekeepers -- whose names are etched not on monuments but in the hearts of their loved ones and in the fabric of the country that they helped to change.

But we also gather here, deep in the heart of the state that shaped them, to recall one giant man's remarkable efforts to make real the promise of our founding. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.


And somewhere down in Alabama George Wallace is turning in his grave.






  


  














Wednesday, April 09, 2014

The hopeless and those who make us hopeful.

My goodness, so many stories so little time.


Where does a blogger start?


Let me see now, I think I will start with Jim DeMint. He is the guy who quit being a politician to take the big bucks and run the right wing Heritage Foundation. It's a "think tank" (stop laughing) for right-wingnuts, and I am still trying to figure out what exactly they contribute to making our government run better.


Anyway, Jim had a curious thing to say about slavery:


"No liberal is going to win a debate that big government freed the slaves," Heritage Foundation president and former senator Jim DeMint told a radio host on Wednesday. And he's right, unless you consider the U.S. government circa 1865 a "big government.   
Well the reason that the slaves were eventually freed was the Constitution, it was like the conscience of the American people. ... But a lot of the move to free the slaves came from the people, it did not come from the federal government. It came from a growing movement among the people, particularly people of faith, that this was wrong. People like Wilberforce who persisted for years because of his faith and because of his love for people. So no liberal is going to win a debate that big government freed the slaves.
DeMint then continued. "In fact, it was Abraham Lincoln, the very first Republican," he said, "who took this on as a cause and a lot of it was based on a love in his heart that comes from God."


The Constitution? The same document that stated that black folks are three-fifths of a human being back then? "People of faith" in the South didn't think that slavery was wrong. They owned slaves, and they used their "faith" to justify it.


Then there is my man "Hammerin Hank". He has pissed off republicans (even Braves fans) with his recent comments about the racism behind the hatred of Barack Obama.


"Hank Aaron, who was celebrated Tuesday night in Atlanta on the 40th anniversary of breaking Babe Ruth's all-time home run record, compared Obama critics to the KKK as he opened up about the state of race relations in an interview with USA Today.


The Braves legend, who told the newspaper he still has the bigoted letters and death threats he received during his pursuit of one of baseball's most cherished records, said that little has changed despite the decades that have passed.


"The biggest difference is that back then they had hoods," Aaron said. "Now they have neckties and starched shirts." [Source]


"He is a racist! Typical black race-baiter. How can he dare say that when America has been so good to him?"


Get ready Hank, because it's coming. You are just lucky you are already in the Hall of Fame.


I know who will be all over Hank for "race baiting", the folks over at the GOP News network.


Race is always on their minds, because they know how to exploit it to appeal to their base.


This is why we get Freudian slips such as this:


"Fox News host Heather Childers was very excited to announce on Tuesday that the University of Connecticut Huskies were the new "NAACP National Champs." There was just one small problem: the Huskies are the new NCAA basketball champions, not the NAACP champions. That's...something else." [Source]


Well, you know, all those Negro players and all....


But race is not only on the minds of their news anchors, it's on the minds of their candidates for the United States senate as well.


"Republican Iowa Senate candidate Sam Clovis says President Obama’s race is standing in the GOP's way of their goal to impeach him.


A number of people in the House want to start the process, he said in an interview with The Daily Times Herald in Carroll, Iowa.


"And I think the reason that they're not is because they're concerned about the media," he said. 


The impeachment of former President Bill Clinton didn’t end well, Clovis added. 
“Now we have a situation where race is thrown into the cards as well," Clovis said. "Whether we like it or not, race is an issue." [Source]


My man is straight out of central casting for a Boss Hogg role. Let's send Mr. Clovis to Washington. We need more "colorful characters" (pun intended) like Sam.


Finally, I will end on a sad note.


That little girl (Lacy Holsworth) who was befriended by MSU basketball star, Adreian Payne, lost her battle with cancer.


Payne became close to the little girl, and their story is heartwarming and hopeful. This young man is a class act.


I have always had love for those Michigan State Spartans, because that's my father's Alma Mater, but now, because of this story, I love them even more.


I only wish that they could have gone all the way in the tournament to bring this little girl a little more joy before she passed away.


To the parents of this little girl I offer my condolences. To Adreian Payne I say thank you for restoring my faith in our young people, and for making me realize that there is hope for us all.  


"Words can't express how much I already miss Lacey. She is my sister, and will always be a part of my life. She taught me how to fight through everything with a smile on my face even when things were going wrong. I'm a better man because of her. … She said she first liked me because of my smile, but it's her smile that made America fall in love with her. … I know she's smiling and dancing in heaven right now. My princess is now an angel."