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These Republican leaders really are quite unintelligent.

Rick Perry wants to throw around nonsense like “there’s no need at this time to dissolve the union but…” You know what? Leave! Reactionary, white supremacists have been yelling this line to minorities forever: “If you don’t like this country, leave.” Time to flip the script. I’m happy with the way things are going. We’re restoring sanity to our economy and energy systems. We’re restoring our standing abroad. We have a president fluent in the national language. I love this country. The rest of these idiots talk a great game about how this country is falling apart under Obama and how they won’t stay, but I say don’t talk about it, be about it.

So listen up Georgia, Oklahoma, South Dakota and especially Texas. All yall can pack up your drought-ridden, urban sprawling, pig shit farming, meth-addicted territories and leave. Enough talk. Do it! Oklahoma and South Dakota are especially laughable since they receive $1.36 and $1.53, respectively, from the federal government for every dollar they spend in federal taxes ( You are a drain on my treasury, you freeloading nitwits. 

So be out. We’ll close all our military bases, border patrols, farm subsidies, communications infrastructure, free travel arrangements, and currency. If you’re lucky, we’ll use your land as a dedicated penal colony. Oh, and Alaska, you can be out too. If global warming doesn’t get you, maybe the volcano will. 

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The Benjamins grow a pair and walk off from these guys.

…are soon parted.  I was reading this article at Real Clear this morning, and the main thing I noticed is the number of African-American athletes who have made a boatload of money and lost it,  cited in the article.  Out of the ten athletes cited, SEVEN of them were African-American.

Here’s the list:

10. John Daly, golf pro

9.   Evander Holyfield, boxer

8.   Travis Henry, NFL player

7.   Jack Clark, former Major League Baseball Player

6.   Joe Louis, Champion Heavyweight Boxer

5.   Bjorn Borg, Pro Tennis Player

4.   O. J. Simpson, former NFL star, actor and would-be author

3.   Michael Vick, NFL star

2.   Latrell Spreewell, NBA player

1.   Mike Tyson, former champion boxer.

Read the article – it is not that someone swindled them from their money like Bernie Madoff did; although, to be fair, the article does cite that Vick had a woman who was banned from even working on the NYSE working for him and had two swindles totaling $300,000 on her record.

This lil’ tidbit should get you, as it did me:

We’re not what you’d call “car guys” here at RCS. So forgive us if we don’t see the allure in owning a luxury automobile, let alone multiple cars. But we get it — some people can’t get enough. And when those people have money, they begin to stockpile a long list of expensive toys. One such person is Jack Clark.

The four-time All-Star slugger had quite the fleet of automobiles (18 of them) when he filed for bankruptcy in 1992 while still a member of the Boston Red Sox.

One story says Clark was once on his way to the ballpark for a game when he passed a car lot. Clark saw something he liked and dropped in to buy two sports cars for $90,000 each before continuing on to the game. At the time he filed for bankruptcy, Clark still owed money on 17 of his 18 automobiles; he had debts of over $11.4 million and assets of nearly $4.8 million.

Or this one:

Earlier this month, Travis Henry agreed to a plea deal stemming from his arrest last year for drug trafficking multiple kilograms of cocaine. Sadly, the venture into crime might have been a necessity, despite signing a 5-year, $22.5 million contract with the Broncos in 2007.

One can point out the fact that Denver cut him just one-year into that deal (for which he received $6.7 million), but perhaps a bigger reason for his financial hardships was his family. Rather, his nine families (emphais mine). According to his lawyer, Henry “…doesn’t have any money…the guy has significant financial issues.”

The Prince of Procreation, who has nine kids with nine different mothers (all but one of the children were unplanned), is currently paying an estimated $170,000 in child support each year, and it’s left him broke.

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Some applaud the Obama Administration for striking the right balance. Others say immunity is not as broad as some think. Still, others say the President hasn’t gone far enough.

Keith Olbermann gave a special comment on the subject. Check it out:

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Friday Open Thread

17 Apr 2009

The Richard Wright Commemorative Stamp.

Good Morning.

TGIF, and spend some of it with JJP.

Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.

And always, have a peaceful day.

Now let’s imagine what happens to those who don’t look like this man. Where are the tea parties to stop this nonsense? Where is Glenn Beck on this violation of our rights as citizens. Nowhere of course.

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Hat tip: our JJP readers.

From DailyKos

They Hate Him Because He Is “Black”
by Turkana [Subscribe]
Thu Apr 16, 2009 at 10:34:53 AM PDT

I deliberately use the word black rather than the words African American. The latter lacks the proper emotional value. It is cultural and geographical. The former is visceral. Bigotry is not subtle. It is primal. It is not about ideas. It is irrational.

He is smarter and more educated and more articulate than they. A self-made man, he represents everything they would claim to value. But he looks different, to them. They hate him because he looks different. They hate him because he is dark. In “Western” “Culture,” the very words black and dark have powerfully negative value. They often are used as synonyms for the sinister.

They hated President Clinton, and tried to destroy him. But one of their elected governors didn’t talk secession. They didn’t talk revolution. They didn’t attempt (and miserably fail) to launch nationwide protests against him. Bill Clinton was a lot of things. He was not black.

President Obama is no crazy liberal. He is increasing defense spending. Even Alan Greenspan is suggesting economic solutions more akin to “socialism.” Gun lovers have nothing to fear. On policy grounds, we crazy liberals have been criticizing him from day one. The radical right have been lambasting him. With the nation fighting two wars and an economic meltdown, they openly hope he fails. But they are not about policy. They are about hatred. And they hate Obama as they have never hated any president. It’s not complicated.

The Department of Homeland Security just warned:

Right-wing extremists have capitalized on the election of the first African American president, and are focusing their efforts to recruit new members, mobilize existing supporters, and broaden their scope and appeal through propaganda, but they have not yet turned to attack planning.

“Extremist” is now a corporate media phenomenon. Glenn Beck? Rush Limbaugh? Ann Coulter? Bill O’Reilly? Faux News?

They hate him not because of policy or politics. They hate him because of who he is. Not like them. By the color of his skin. It’s time to stop pretending or excusing or evading the obvious. They hate him because he is black!

Update [2009-4-16 15:43:21 by Turkana]: From kos’s front page post: Georgia’s State Senate, by near unanimous vote, threatens to secede. I don’t recall that happening, under President Clinton, either…

More info here:

This is good news. I must admit, I get a little bothered with all this talk of increasing highway funding and technology to replace everyone’s car with a hybrid or electric. We don’t need everyone in America to replace their cars. We need fewer cars.

I’m a big fan of rail, having grown up in DC taking family trips by train across the entire US and into Mexico with my moms. What we need is even more radical rethinking about the place cars occupy in our society. This will require rethinking how our cities, towns and workplaces are organized, where and how we produce our food and how we produce and distribute our energy. What we really need is to treat solo drivers like smokers: No Quarter.

Second-hand cigarette smoke kills, and so does second-hand auto exhaust. I imagine a roadway system that prioritizes buses (clean, fast, pimped out coaches with wi-fi!), carpoolers and carsharers. Solo drivers can be crammed into the shoulder, shivering and hacking up the poison produced by a habit is killing all of us.

This financing for high speed rail is a solid commitment and good start, however. So I’m celebrating this moment.

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“While I believe strongly in transparency and accountability, I also believe that in a dangerous world, the United States must sometimes carry out intelligence operations and protect information that is classified for purposes of national security. I have already fought for that principle in court and will do so again in the future. However, after consulting with the Attorney General, the Director of National Intelligence, and others, I believe that exceptional circumstances surround these memos and require their release.”

Let the fun begin. HuffPo’s Sam Stein has posted the PDF files. Flip through em and let us know what you find. Sen Leahy sees the release of these documents as even more reason to support his proposed Commission Of Inquiry in to Bush era shenanigans.

No one should be above the law.

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Afternoon Open Thread

16 Apr 2009

Thanks to GreenLadyHere

Emmett Till * by James A. Emanuel

I hear a whistling
Through the water.
Little Emmett
Won’t be still.
He keeps floating
Round the darkness,
Edging through
The silent chill.
Tell me, please,
That bedtime story
Of the fairy
River Boy
Who swims forever,
Deep in treasures,
Necklaced in
A coral toy.

* In 1955, Till, a fourteen-year-old from Chicago, for
allegedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi, was murdered
by white men who tied a gin mill fan around his neck and threw his
body into the Tallahatchie River.

Thursday Open Thread

16 Apr 2009

Bo Obama greets the media.
Nice Long Video at C-SPAN

Good Morning.

As you make it through your day, don’t forget JJP.

Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.

And always, have a peaceful day.

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Watch Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and journalists, military and foreign policy experts, leading economists, and many more explain just how much the war in Afghanistan will cost us over how many years. View both the trailer and full segment of Cost of War, part three of the Rethink Afghanistan documentary. Last week, we delivered a petition to Sen. John Kerry and Rep. Howard Berman, demanding oversight hearings. These hearings could raise the critical questions about costs and many other issues. Now, we want to know what questions you would ask in such hearings. Would you want to know how exactly the war is weakening the U.S. economy? What about whether more troops can solve Afghanistan’s problems or the escalating instability in Pakistan, subjects explored in parts one and two of this documentary?

Our friends at Brave New Films are in Afghanistan, finding out about the cost of this war. Is it something we should continue to finance? If so, under what restrictions? What questions do you have that aren’t being answered? Is Congress exercising its oversight authority adequately?


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Remember New Orleans? The battle over how it will be rebuilt continues. LSU wants to demolish 249 homes and re-center the medical life of the city away from downtown. Find out more at

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From USA Today

Nation needs youthful idealism more than ever
By Michelle Obama for USA TODAY

Embedded in our nation’s core values is a spirit of community, generosity and entrepreneurship — a can-do attitude that says no challenge is insurmountable.
When so many people are struggling to make ends meet, we need everyone pulling together to solve our nation’s problems and to lift up our fellow Americans. And this includes our young people. Today, more than ever, we need their energy, enthusiasm and idealism.

Service groups, non-profits, faith-based organizations, philanthropists, corporations, government and individuals all have a role to play in moving this country forward, and more and more students are filling these ranks.

Every day we hear stories of people rising to the occasion and making a real difference: the retiree who volunteers at the local elementary school to help children learn to read; the woman down the block who watches out for her neighbor’s kids after school — providing a snack, some wisdom and a home with a light on until parents return from a long day of work; the mothers and fathers in a neighborhood who coach Little League and soccer and teach kids about good sportsmanship and perseverance and teamwork.

These adults know the value of service and make it an integral part of their lives. And even more importantly, by being good neighbors, concerned citizens and solid role models, they are helping to train the next generation of community leaders.

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The following was written by Coby W. Dillard, blogger at The Dillard Doctrine and a committed conservative who regularly represents in the comments here at Jack and Jill Politics. We all give “D” a hard time, but we appreciate his presence. His counter perspective is necessary in an open society, so I’m going to save any of my own comments for later and just present his view of the Tea Party in which he participated

Hampton Roads Tea Partiers. Coby W. Dillard On Right

Hampton Roads Tax Day Tea Party

by Coby W. Dillard

I had the honor today to join about 2,000 people at Virginia Beach Town Center for one of the many Tax Day Tea Parties across the nation.

I arrived right as one of the co-organizers was giving her speech. She highlighted the theme of our event, which was “Yes, We Care and No, You Can’t!” Focusing mainly on the facts of Congress’ taxing and spending practices of the last few years, she said “The audacity of arrogance this Congress displays is beyond comprehension.”

In attendance-that I greeted-were two politicians: Chuck Smith, who is running for the 2nd congressional district seat as a Republican, and Thelma Drake, the former Republican holder of that seat. Drake gave her perspective of how the TARP bills were passed through Congress, and concluded by telling the crowd that their actions today “were the hope of America” and thanked them for standing up “for (their) children and grandchildren.”

After Drake spoke, I let the crowd know that I-264 was backed up with people still on the highway trying to get to our event. I then introduced the next speaker, Joel Hills-the head of Regent University’s Federalist Society-who spoke on generational theft.

During his speech, some pork rinds and tea bags were delivered to Sen. Webb’s office in Virginia Beach, which was across from where our rally took place. The staffers said that whatever we brought would be donated to a shelter or a food bank.

Some signs-and there were a lot: “Can we bankrupt the country, yes we can,” “Congressional blue plate special-pork fried lies,” and the obligatory “don’t tax me, bro!” sign.

Following a USMC vet who spoke, a representative from the Patriotic Resistance took the stage. He spoke a little about his group and what they were working towards:  “a peaceful, patriotic resistance.” He was followed by a local representative from, who highlighted what he felt were problems with the current tax system, and some of the more unpopular taxes that have recently passed.

More signs-“don’t spread my wealth;  spread my work ethic,” “Obama-nomics=trickle-up poverty,” and “isn’t the free market supposed to be free?”

The head of the Virginia Beach Taxpayers Alliance was the final speaker. He spoke on the need to stay involved and active. One of his best lines was, “We have two wings on a bird; a left wing and a right wing. Both take you and your children’s money.” He also suggested that “if they don’t teach the Constitution in schools,” then parents should “teach it at home.”

I got to close out the event by thanking the two local organizers and leading the Pledge of Allegiance.  Before the Pledge, I thanked the crowd on behalf of my children and told them “My children may never know you, but they will benefit from your efforts today.”

Some things that didn’t occur at the Tea Party:

There were no attacks by a majority of the speakers that referenced President Obama directly. The representative for the Patriotic Resistance said during his speech, “When President Obama says only government can solve our problems, we resist!” and that was about the extent of it.

There were also no signs attacking President Obama from a racial angle. I did see one “stop Obama bin Lyin” sign that someone left in their truck. There were signs that suggested Obama was a socialist-and one that called him a “thief”-but nothing so objectionable that myself or the organizers had to ask that it be removed (in full disclosure, we asked people prior to the event not to bring anything that could be considered racist or offensive in nature).

All in all, a very spirited-and peaceful-event.

Note from Jack. You can read the post over at the Dillard Doctrine as well.

Afternoon Open Thread

15 Apr 2009

The Mother by Gwendolyn Brooks

Abortions will not let you forget.
You remember the children you got that you did not get,
The damp small pulps with a little or with no hair,
The singers and workers that never handled the air.
You will never neglect or beat
Them, or silence or buy with a sweet.
You will never wind up the sucking-thumb
Or scuttle off ghosts that come.
You will never leave them, controlling your luscious sigh,
Return for a snack of them, with gobbling mother-eye.

I have heard in the voices of the wind the voices of my dim killed
I have contracted. I have eased
My dim dears at the breasts they could never suck.
I have said, Sweets, if I sinned, if I seized
Your luck
And your lives from your unfinished reach,
If I stole your births and your names,
Your straight baby tears and your games,
Your stilted or lovely loves, your tumults, your marriages, aches,
and your deaths,
If I poisoned the beginnings of your breaths,
Believe that even in my deliberateness I was not deliberate.
Though why should I whine,
Whine that the crime was other than mine?–
Since anyhow you are dead.
Or rather, or instead,
You were never made.
But that too, I am afraid,
Is faulty: oh, what shall I say, how is the truth to be said?
You were born, you had body, you died.
It is just that you never giggled or planned or cried.

Believe me, I loved you all.
Believe me, I knew you, though faintly, and I loved, I loved you

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