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Obama: “Voters Are Tired of” Hearing About Reverend Wright

May 1, 2008

Today, MSNBC’s Today Showaired a clip of an interview between Meredith Vieira and Barack and Michelle Obama that will air on Saturday.  In it, Barack and Michelle Obama discussed their pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, and the ongoing campaign for the Presidency.

Here’s a link to the MSNBC video (unfortunately, due to the computer virus, I am unable to upload it for you to see here, and it was too long for me to transcribe, but I’ll try to embed it sometime later this week):

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/24402686#24402686

Here, we have some quotes from the beginning:

Michelle Obama said, “We hear time and time again voters are tired of this [the Reverend Wright story]. … They don’t want to hear about this division, they want to know what are we going to do to move beyond these issues.  And what made me feel proud of Barack in this situation is that he is trying to move us as a nation beyond these conversations that divide.”

Barack also told Vieira, “When the first snippets came out, I thought it was important to give him the benefit of the doubt because if I had wanted to be politically expedient I would have distanced myself and denounced him right away, right?  That would have been the easy thing to do.”

He then when on to criticize the media, saying, “I think it’s pretty clear what has happened.  We’ve had — what — two months now, or a month and a half, in which you’ve had the Reverend Wright controversy, you’ve had the issue of my comments in San Francisco that have been magnified pretty heavily — that’s been a pretty full dose.”

Michelle was also interviewed by CNN, yesterday, where she said that Barack’s denunciation of his pastor was “a tough thing for him to do. … Yes, it was painful.  Yes, it’s been difficult, but I think that the more difficult thing that this country is facing is trying to move politics into conversations around problems and problem-solving, and that’s what we’re going to be pretty determined to do.  I think that this is about all I’m going to say on this issue, and I think we’re going to close this chapter and move into the next phase of this election.  With that, I’m hoping that we’ll talk about something else.”

Now, I have to disagree with the Obama’s here.  If the media is still airing these stories, then people are interested.  The media does not air things that lose them watchers, they air things that get people to watch, and these are new stories.  Every time Wright opens his mouth, he says something “newsworthy” and that’s coming back to haunt Obama.  Perhaps Obama supporters are tired of hearing about it, but I guarantee you that most of America is not.  Now, I’m not saying that the media should focus on Reverend Wright, I’m just saying that the mere fact that they are shows that people are still interested.

Hopefully I’ll be able to see the full interview on Saturday, although I will be out of town, so I can’t guarantee that.

Done Hearing About Reverend Wright,

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Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Using the “Tonya Harding Option”?

March 27, 2008

On the same day that Clinton came out with the controversial statement at a press conference in Greensburg, PA (yes, the same one where she made her sniper comments), “He [Obama's pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright] would not have been my pastor.  You don’t choose your family, but you choose what church you want to attend.”

Now, I’ll agree with that statement – if my pastor ever said any of the wacky things that Wright has said, I’d have kicked him off my campaign and left the church immediately, but that’s just me.

So the same day, a “Democratic Party official” spoke with ABC News (http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/03/dnc-official-cl.html) and told them that she would have to “break his [Obama's] back” and slaughter him in order to win the nomination.  “Her securing the nomination is certainly possible – but it will require exercising the ‘Tonya Harding option.’  Is that really what we Democrats want?” the official said.

The “Tonya Harding option” refers to Tonya Harding when she had somebody bash Nancy Kerrigan’s knee so that she couldn’t participate in the Olympic skating contest.  Kerrigan eventually recovered, but neither won the gold.

Here’s what ABC had to say:  “It implies that Clinton is so set on ensuring that Obama doesn’t get the nomination, not only is she willing to take extra-ruthless steps, but in the end neither she nor Obama win the gold.  (In this metaphor, presumably, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., would be Oksana Baiul.  Does that make former President Bill Clinton Jeff Gillooly?)”

So that got me thinking – I should photoshop this:

Clinton as HardingObama as KerriganMcCain as BaiulClinton as Gillooly

Now that I’m done scarring you for life … let me sum up to say that if the Democrats keep up the infighting, McCain’s victory will be assured.

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Geraldine Ferraro Steps Down from Clinton’s Campaign

March 16, 2008

OK, so Geraldine Ferraro (former Congresswoman and Vice Presidential candidate with Walter Mondale; also former member of Senator Clinton’s Presidential election finance committee), in an interview with the Daily Breeze (Torrance, California) last week, said, “If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position.  And if he was a woman, he would not be in this position.  He happens to be very lucky to be who he is.  And the country is caught up in the concept.”  Ferraro also accused the “sexist media” of attacking Clinton too much.

Now, here’s my thoughts on her comments.  Were they out of line?  Yes.  Were they partially correct?  Yes, but because of different reasons than what were behind her comments.  I think that originally (this means back before Iowa), Obama’s race helped him in the media (just like the media helped McCain in New Hampshire once he became the leader in ONE poll.  The media jumped and said – “OH MY GOSH!  HE’S BACK IN IT!!!!!”  And that’s what got him back in the race.  Without the media pouncing on a single poll, he never would’ve become the nominee.  Without the media jumping on Huckabee for doing so well in the debates, he never would’ve won Iowa or even been a contender in South Carolina.).  The point is – the media helps everybody (normally – Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel, and Alan Keyes would be exceptions), and it was Obama’s race and charisma that got the media’s attention.

So, was it his race that got him this far?  Partially, but if he were white, it would have been some other quality.  And I would say that his charisma has helped him out MUCH more than his race ever could.

OK, so Ferraro, in response to a lot of  media attention on her, told the Daily Breeze, “Any time anybody does anything that in any way pulls this campaign down and says, ‘Let’s address reality and the problems we’re facing in this world,’ you’re accused of being racist, so you have to shut up.  Racism works in two different directions.  I really think they’re attacking me because I’m white.  How’s that?”

She also told  FOX News, “I got up and the question was asked, ‘Why do you think Barack Obama is in the place he is today’ as the party’s delegate front-runner?  I said in large measure, because he is black.  I said, Let me also say in 1984 — and if I have said it once, I have said it 20, 60, 100 times — in 1984, if my name was Gerard Ferraro instead of Geraldine Ferraro, I would never have been the nominee for vice president.”

David Axelrod, the top strategist for the Obama campaign, said that Clinton should sever any ties that she has with Ferraro, saying, “When you wink and nod at offensive statements, you’re really sending a signal to your supporters that anything goes.”  He said that Ferraro’s comment, plus Clinton’s “own inexplicable unwillingness” to deny that Obama is a Muslim, was part of “an insidious pattern that needs to be addressed.”

Senator Obama said that Ferraro’s statements were “patently absurd.”

He told the Allentown Morning Call that “I don’t think Geraldine Ferraro’s comments have any place in our politics or in the Democratic Party.  They are divisive.  I think anybody who understands the history of this country knows they are patently absurd.  And I would expect that the same way those comments don’t have a place in my campaign, they shouldn’t have a place in Sen. Clinton’s, either.

Now, I find this kinda funny.  Axelrod wants Clinton to immediately disassociate from Ferraro, but it took Obama how many years to disassociate from his pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright?

Senator Clinton issued a statement to the Associated Press saying that “It is regrettable that any of our supporters on both sides, because we’ve both had that experience, say things that kind of veer off into the personal.  We ought to keep this on the issues.  There are differences between us.  There are differences between our approaches on health care, on energy, on our experience, on our results that we’ve produced for people.  That’s what this campaign should be about.”

Senator Obama later said, “I think that her comments were … ridiculous. … I think they were wrong-headed.  I think they are not borne out by our history or by the facts.  The notion that it is a great advantage to me, an African-American named Barack Obama, in pursuit of the presidency I think is not a view that has been commonly shared by the general public.  Divisions of race, gender, of region are precisely what has inhibited us from moving effectively forward to solve big problems like health care, energy, the war on terror.

On Wednesday, Ferraro sent her letter of resignation to Senator Clinton, saying, “I am stepping down from your finance committee so I can speak for myself and you can continue to speak for yourself about what is at stake in this campaign.  The Obama campaign is attacking me to hurt you.  I won’t let that happen.”

She then told CNN that the Clinton campaign did not ask her to resign and that her and Clinton are still on good terms.  She said that she was “absolutely not” sorry for what she said, and that “I am who I am and I will continue to speak up.”  She went on to criticize Obama and his campaign for attempting to keep her from exercising her First Amendment rights.

So, to summarize, I think that Ferraro was out of line (but what she said was partially true), but there is a HUGE double standard in the fact that Ferraro was so criticized by the Obama campaign who has up until recently ignored Reverend Wright’s comments.

I think both candidates need to put this behind them, or the infighting is going to tear down their party more (big shame).

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Lincoln Park Makes a Terrible Deal to Let Strip Club Open

March 16, 2008

Alright, well I am terrible ashamed of my city right now.  There’s dispute over who is behind it, but whoever it was, it needs to be stopped.

Before I go any further, I would like to apologize to Councilman Mike Myers, for not researching his background enough to know that he would oppose the strip club (although I never said that he would support it).

Now, here’s what happened (source for information is the News Herald article available here: http://www.thenewsherald.com/stories/031608/loc_20080316005.shtml):

An attorney for the Larry Flynt Hustler Club (to be built on the corner of John A. Papalas Drive and Outer Drive) sued the city in December, claiming that some of the cities zoning laws were unconstitutional (even though the same club lost a lawsuit in Detroit).  (For my previous post on the subject, see here: https://inkslwc.wordpress.com/2007/12/24/lincoln-park-sued-by-hustler-over-ordinance/.)

Now, the city has decided to settle instead of face the club in court.  The settlement promises that the city won’t enforce its adult business ordinances against the club, and in exchange, the Park Theatre (1583 Fort St.), will close down within 45 days.  The owners of the theater will sell the lot to a group or business (most likely a community theater group) of the city’s choice.  A deed restriction that will be placed on the property will keep any adult businesses from ever owning the property.  Also, pictures of women and suggestive wording (“topless,” “nude,” “XXX,” etc…) will not be allowed on the club’s outdoor signs.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds had not approved the proposal as of the last report on Friday, so the club’s attorney would not comment on the proposal, saying, “Until a court enters an order, we don’t have an agreement.  The proposed settlement is all on condition of the judge’s approval.”

Lincoln Park City Attorney Ed Zelenak said, “We could do nothing to prevent it from opening, but we were still able to bring something back to the city.  The most important thing I see coming out of it is the city has enhanced its downtown area in securing the closure of the Park Theatre.  It’s been a blighting influence on the downtown area, and I’m satisfied that the citizens of Lincoln Park will have gotten rid of that unsightly blemish.”

Now, I don’t trust Zelenak – I’ve heard it from people in Southgate who dealt with these same types of issues that he shouldn’t be trusted.  And any lawyer who assumes that we can’t win a case that Detroit won is just not trying hard enough as a lawyer.

The Lincoln Park Ministerial Association held events on Friday opposing the the club.  Reverend Daniel Russell of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Park said, “From my standpoint, that settlement is a compromise, and we would not be in agreement with it as it still allows the Hustler strip club to be opened.  We are disappointed with our city for doing that.  We will continue to have a grass-roots opposition to it opening.”

I absolutely agree – this is a compromise and a TERRIBLE one at that.

Lastly, Mayor Frank Vaslo issued the following statement on behalf of the city:

While it is unfortunate the state and federal governments have not given local communities the tools necessary to combat the spread of adult entertainment venues, Lincoln Park has made the best of a bad situation.

When faced with the prospect of a multimillion-dollar lawsuit that the city’s insurers and their attorneys told us we had no chance of winning and could most certainly result in a punitive millage being placed on the taxpayers’ bill, the council took the best course of action available to them.

In return for the city agreeing to the construction of a $4.2M (million) adult entertainment venue on the outskirts of the city, in an area zoned for adult entertainment, the developers would close the Park Theatre in the city’s downtown shopping district. This will allow for the theater’s redevelopment. This was a very responsible compromise that is in the best interest of the community as a whole.

My hope is, in the future, Lansing and Washington (will) look at the negative effects this type of business has on a community and allow for us to say ‘no’ to their expansion. But until then, we have to play the cards that we are dealt.

For 30 years, mayors and councils have tried to close the Park Theatre. We are finally going to do that.

No chance of winning? Then how did Detroit win? If they have a mayor who probably goes to half the strip clubs in Detroit (and this is said seriously, not as a joke – the cops in Washington, D.C. who were his body guards while he was down there said they wouldn’t follow him around anymore because he went into too many bad strip clubs, etc…), and their lawyers won a case, I’m sure our lawyers could.

But you know what the problem is?  CORRUPTION.  I smell it – and I think it’s Zelenak, if not others.  I’m not sure who all opposes the club, but I know that Brady and Myers do, and I’ve heard rumors that Thomas Murphy does, and Michael Higgins did (back when he was on the council) as well.  If we keep up a city of corruption, we’ll wind up like Taylor, who has struggled with corruption from the school board (back when my grandfather, Clyde Inks, ran and tried to end the corruption, along side of Joe Mayfield) to the current City Ordinance Officer who ignored the ordinances and harassed the Michigan Republican Party and me.

We must protest this direct violation of our city’s ordinance!

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Obama’s Pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright Off Obama’s Campaign

March 15, 2008

OK, so as of last night, Obama’s Pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright is officially off Obama’s African American Religious Leadership Committee, because of his recent controversial comments.

Here’s a couple of videos that show those comments.  The first three are news pieces that puts them all together and the second is a recording from the church.  Sorry for any partisanship that’s added in before or after the videos – these were the videos with the most examples in them, so I thought they were the best:

This was added 2 days ago:

This video was added2 days ago:

Added 2 days ago:

Added 2 days ago (the speech starts at 45 seconds):

And here is Obama’s response (transcript available here: http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/samgrahamfelsen/gGBzFP):

 

OK, so what are my thoughts?  I think Obama was right in denouncing his pastor’s views, but I think he needs to go further.  I think he needs to just denounce him like he did with Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan.  I think the comments that Rev. Wright made went way too far for Obama to even associate with him.

Now, I will quickly make some comments about the charges that Wright violated IRS codes by campaigning from the pulpit.  Although I don’t think that any pastor should ever endorse somebody from the pulpit (Republican or Democrat), I don’t think he went far enough to be campaigning from the pulpit.  He was skirting the line, but I don’t think he did anything illegal.

Again, I think Obama needs to fully denounce his pastor, but it is good that he’s off his campaign committee.

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