As per CNN.com:


MIAMI, Florida (CNN) — The jury in the Jose Padilla terror trial has found the American guilty of conspiracy to support Islamic terrorism overseas.

Jose Padilla was originally accused of planning a “dirty bomb” attack in the U.S.

Padilla was originally arrested on accusations that he planned to set off radioactive “dirty bombs” in the United States. Thursday’s convictions are not related to those accusations, and prosecutors did not present the “dirty bomb” plot to the jury.

Padilla’s two co-defendants, Adham Hassoun and Kifan Jayyousi, were also found guilty on the three counts as charged: conspiracy to murder, kidnap, and maim people in a foreign country; conspiracy to provide material support for terrorists, and providing material support for terrorists.

The verdict came after less than two days of deliberations by the federal jury in Miami.

Sentencing is set for December 5. All three defendants face life in prison.

I will never trust this verdict. I can’t get past that they kept an American Citizen in custody for over three years, and refused to tell why he was in custody. Mr. Padilla’s case is symptomatic of why I loathe the Bush Administration and all their so-called ‘ War-On-Terror’ policies implemented in the United States.

No, I don’t believe it’s right for ANYONE to be held in this country WITHOUT BEING TOLD WHY.

No, I don’t believe it’s right for ANYONE to be held, and for this country TO REFUSE THEIR COUNSEL ACCESS TO THEM.

So, no, I will never believe in the validity of this conviction, especially since he was convicted of something that WASN’T EVEN THE REASON HE WAS ARRESTED IN THE FIRST PLACE.

Sounds like a government dog-and-pony show trial done to ensure conviction. How do you trust a Justice Department that has done nothing but lie and betray the very standards that America is supposed to be about…I ask that honestly.

I really resent all the coverage of Karl Rove. I understand the impact he had on the political system, that he’s been involved in dirty politics since Nixon, but I find his media beatification completely distasteful. The Right talks about what a genius he was, even though he was wrong half the time and the basic element of his political strategy from the beginning was insinuating that the opposing candidate was gay, and the Left talks about what an idiot he was, even though for about five years we were all so paranoid that we thought anything Republicans did, even if it was entirely stupid, must have been part of some master plan concocted by Karl Rove.

Andrew Sullivan thinks he has irreparably damaged our political system:

Rove is one of the worst political strategists in recent times. He took a chance to realign the country and to unite it in a war – and threw it away in a binge of hate-filled niche campaigning, polarization and short-term expediency. His divisive politics and elevation of corrupt mediocrities to every branch of government has turned an entire generation off the conservative label. And rightly so. It will take another generation to recover from the toxins he has injected, with the president’s eager approval, into the political culture and into the conservative soul.

I refuse to hold Rove entirely responsible for the decisions of President Bush any more than I would hold Dick Morris responsible for Monica Lewinsky. At the end of the day, Bush makes the decisions (or maybe Cheney, history will tell).

However, “Hate filled niche campaigning” as a Republican strategy predates Karl Rove and George W. Bush. Hate filled niche campaigning? That was Newt Gingrich’s stock in trade, and it’s a big part of what won Republicans the Congress in 1994. Molly Ivins wrote in 1998:


When I think of Newt Gingrich, the words that come to mind are sick, pathetic, traitor, ideological, cheat, steal, insecure, bizarre and radical.

The reason those particular words come to mind is because they are the ones that Gingrich himself chose. In a 1990 advisory put out by GOPAC, Gingrich’s political action committee, Republican candidates were advised to use these words to describe their Democratic opponents — no matter who the Democrats were or what their records. The memo further advised that many aspired to the effectiveness of Gingrich’s rhetoric and that these were the favorite words that he always used against his opponents.


Yet, Sullivans‘ political defection is a recent one. Rove didn’t invent the Republican politics of his generation, Rove is a product of recent Republican political culture. The myth of his exceptionality is one that both Left and Right exploited when appropriate, and the media used often as an anchor for the activity they most excel at, reckless speculation about the future of politics.

Need we reach back further? Does campaigning get any more hate filled than Ronald Reagan announcing his 1980 campaign in Mississippi in a town where the Klan killed three civil rights workers? Sidney Blumenthal wrote in 2006:


Some true-life scenes: Reagan opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, opposed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (calling it “humiliating to the South”), and ran for governor of California in 1966 promising to wipe the Fair Housing Act off the books. “If an individual wants to discriminate against Negroes or others in selling or renting his house,” he said, “he has a right to do so.” After the Republican convention in 1980, Reagan travelled to the county fair in Neshoba, Mississippi, where, in 1964, three Freedom Riders had been slain by the Ku Klux Klan. Before an all-white crowd of tens of thousands, Reagan declared: “I believe in states’ rights”.

The only difference between Reagan and Bush as far as dirty campaigning is concerned is that sexual orientation has replaced race as the public intolerance of choice among Republicans. Which is possibly the point at which Andrew Sullivan begins to care, because it certainly didn’t matter to him before.

As for Rove’s biggest regret? “MC Rove”:

Asked by our colleague, Peter Baker, if there is one, just one, thing he really, really regrets, Rove said: “I regret accepting that invitation from CNN and going to that stupid dinner and getting turned into MC Rove.”

Why shouldn’t it be his biggest regret? It was the only time he publicly made a fool of himself. The rest of his career was devoted to destroying other people’s lives, which can be considerably less traumatic for a selfish person.

But Rove didn’t design modern Conservatism. Modern conservatives did. We ought not to lay on him what the entire conservative movement is responsible for.

Brotha lays it right out there in No Matter What We Say Now Every Black Person in America Will Vote for Obama

If you’re black you already know this and if you’re not, I’m sure you’ve suspected it. No matter what we might say in the polls today, come time to vote in our respective primaries I guarantee you that the black vote for Obama will be nothing short of a landslide.

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This is part three of three (see one and two) of our video interview series at Yearly Kos with Bruce Dixon. Here he talks the history of Black Agenda Report and CBC Monitor and their plan to hand out a “lawn jockey award” to a member of the Congressional Black Caucus

(cross-posted at goodCRIMETHINK)

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An article in the WaPo outlines some pretty disturbing findings about who recieves what quality of care, an issue, quite literally, of life or death.

Black babies, according to the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have higher death rates than white babies. Black women are more than twice as likely as white women to die of cervical cancer. And in 2000, the death rate from heart disease was 29 percent higher among African Americans than among white adults, and the death rate from stroke was 40 percent higher.

The problem isn’t just reflected in opaque statistics, doctors literally treat black people differently than they treat others. While in the past I’ve argued that colorblind medicine is bad medicine because people of different races face different health issues, from blacks and Sickle Cell Anemia to Tay-Sachs disease among Jews. This is not what I had in mind.

No conscious bias was apparently present — there was no connection between the explicit racial views of physicians and disparities in their diagnoses. It was only when researchers studied physicians’ implicit attitudes — by measuring how quickly they made positive or negative mental associations with blacks and whites — that they found a mechanism to explain differences in medical judgment.

“Physicians who had higher biases against blacks were less likely to recommend thrombolysis for blacks,” said Alexander R. Green, the study’s chief investigator and a faculty member at the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.

[...]

The patient was described to some physicians as white and to others as black. Physicians were asked to decide whether the pain was the result of coronary artery disease and whether to prescribe clot-busting drugs.

Doctors were more likely to think “Mr. Thompson” was having a heart attack when he was black than when he was white. But they did not prescribe treatment to reflect this — physicians who thought a black Mr. Thompson was having a heart attack prescribed thrombolysis less often than when they thought a white Mr. Thompson was having one.

Racism’s power in this day and age is not in the direct expression of racism, but the internalizing of racial stereotypes that guide our actions subconsciously. Such internalized biases occur in people of all races, which is what makes them so dangerous.

Mahzarin Banaji, a co-author and Harvard psychologist who helped develop the Implicit Association Test used in this study, said the racial bias unearthed by the study is at odds with conventional views of bigotry — and perhaps more insidious. Rather than harboring deliberate ill will, she said, the physicians had apparently internalized racial stereotypes, and these attitudes subtly influenced their medical judgment without their even realizing it.

Part of dealing with internalized bigotry is confronting it sincerely. Few people are willing to do that, least of all the politicians and judges who make the decisions about how our country is run. The effects are devastating, from medical care to education to criminal justice.

Saw on the Obama site that there was going to be a Women for Obama Event with Michelle Obama. The price was right, so I got myself a ticket.

It was held in ‘ Da Hood’. No other way to describe it, at a hall with historic significance – was once ‘the place’, then for years, it was nothing, and now, a new entrepreneur is investing in the neighborhood and offering a beautiful ballroom that can hold dinners, dances, etc.

Got there well before time. It was organized. A number of young people, of different races greeting you and moving you along. Got checked in fine.

There were a good 300 women there, overwhelming majority of them Black, but some others also. A few men who had been brought there by their significant others. I was definitely one of the more underdressed Sistas at the event, for I was not in my Sunday best. It was wonderful to be surrounded by all that multi-generational Black Beauty.

Saw the Obama daughters first. They are as cute as a button in person as they are in pictures. Very lively and alert.

The first speaker was the head of Camp Obama – a nice Sista who was trying to get folks to volunteer. The introduction of Michelle was done by a young African Sista who attends the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Then, Michelle came on stage. She’s quite tall; elegant. Wearing a bright fushcia dress with her trademark pearls.

Addressing the crowd, she told them that it was good to be home, in front of a hometown audience. Her speech has evolved, picking up more and more of the campaign themes.

1. How she grew up. Check.
2. How she met Barack. Check.
3. How she was convinced that he was the one for her – watching him community organize. Check.
4. What she’s learned going around the country – that we are more alike than different. Check.
5. Talking about her daughters, and how she’s mapped out her schedule to make sure she’s at home by the time they go to bed. Check.
6. The ‘experience’ question. Check.
7. Explaining why she spends so much of her time traveling in New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina, Nevada. Check.
8. Talking about some voters holding back because of ‘lowered expectations’. Check.
9. That the ‘Black enough’ mess is harmful to not ourselves, but our children. Check.
10. That you have to take personal responsibility for the government that you want, and if you don’t participate, don’t blame it on anyone else. Check.
11. While your money was fine, what we need is your body working for us. Check.

I know this seems sort of clinical, my checklist. But, I just wanted to get out the points that Michelle talked about today. That’s the clinical.

Here’s my emotional reponse.

SHE WAS FABULOUS.

I love this woman!

I tried…I really really tried to be a ‘skeptic’. I tried being cynical, hardened, jaded, and ‘too smart to fall for this’. I really did.

But, Michelle pulled me in.

From the moment she took the stage, she commanded it. There’s something about her; something so earthy and grounded, and REAL, that she connects with you immediately. As she spoke about growing up on the South Side of Chicago, and how she spoke of her father, and the example that he and her mother provided for her and her brother, it was as if she was talking about my father, and any number of Black men that I knew growing up.

The nods in the audience from the beginning, and the dispersed ‘Amens’ as she continued proved to me that I wasn’t the only one that Michelle was connecting to in the audience. Even though she has a life different from many of us, she used what connected us, those experiences, to make sure that the audience knew that SHE knew her blessings and was very grateful for them. Reassuring the audience that she understood that ‘ to whom much is given, much is expected’ is something that she and Barack took to heart. She wanted to reassure the audience that she has never forgotten her roots, or those that supported them ‘ back in the day’, and that she took those experiences to help build upon and form their dreams. Her ability to answer all the critiques about Barack and turn them around was very skillful.

Her fire is real. Her passion is real. Her bluntness and honesty are refreshing. Yes, she’s a wife, a mother, a graduate of Princeton and Harvard,a professional woman, but bottom line, she’s that South Side girl, and if I’m drinking Michelle’s Kool-Aid, so be it, because I believe her.

LOL

I had a great time, and I’m glad that I went. And, if Barack Obama runs the gauntlet and actually winds up at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Michelle Obama will be a kick ass First Lady.

A few months ago, the Edwards campaign let it ‘slip’ about him being so ‘ competitive’ nationally, even though he was third in the polls. What makes him competitive?

He’s a White male.

Fast forward to now. You have the Esquire Magazine cover with Edwards, talking about if this country is ready to elect a White Male?

Then, we have Elizabeth Edwards’ comments:


—“We can’t make John black, we can’t make him a woman,” said Edwards, referring to Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and New York Sen. Hillary Clinton during an interview with Ziff Davis Media about the Internet’s role in the 2008 presidential election. “Those things get you a certain amount of fundraising dollars.”

Now, pardon me, but MAYBE Clinton and Obama EXCITE folks and get them to give their money. I find no charm in Hillary Clinton, but maybe there are those who do. I have, though, been in several crowds for speeches by Barack Obama, going back to when he was running for the Senate. Whatever ‘ IT’ is, he has it. I’ve gone routinely where I’d be the only speck of pepper in a sea of salt, and I’ve seen it – the Obama Effect. I can’t explain it, but some folks have ‘IT’ and others don’t.

You shouldn’t be hating on Obama because he has ‘IT’. Because he stepped into the void that Edwards believed he had staked out for himself in 2008.

And, I have to ask, with all this gnashing of the teeth by the Edwards campaign:

WHEN HASN’T THIS COUNTRY ELECTED A WHITE MALE AS PRESIDENT?

You’d think, reading the Esquire cover, that the last Four Presidents have been Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Bill Richardson with Condoleeza Rice in there for good measure.

Let’s break the White Boys Club on the Presidency for more than four years, before White Men begin to whine about something ‘ being taken away from THEM’.

I’ve believed from the beginning that the reason Edwards is being ‘kept around’ is so that, if the voters just can’t bring themselves to ‘vote for history’, they won’t look absolutely absurd in voting for the Closest White Male they could find. They will try to say with a straight face: ‘ We’ve been thinking about John Edwards all along’.

The underlying and smoldering sense of entitlement that reeks from both the Esquire cover and Mrs. Edwards’ comments just leave a bad taste.

The Newark Executions

11 Aug 2007

Earlier this week, three young lives were snuffed out by a pack of degenerates, led, allegedly, by an ILLEGAL ALIEN, already OUT ON BOND FOR CHILD RAPE.

Per the NYTimes:


The construction worker, Jose Carranza, is an illegal immigrant from Peru who now also faces an order of detention against him by federal authorities, his lawyer and judicial officials said today……..

Mr. Carranza, who lives in Orange, had been out on $150,000 bail pending trial on two separate indictments: sexual assault on a young girl in his care over four years when she was 5 to 9; and aggravated assault stemming from a bar fight last year…..

1. He’s illegal.
2. He’s been accused of CHILD RAPE.
3. He got BOND IN A CHILD RAPE CASE.
4. They actually offered BOND in THIS CASE.

It’s absolutely ridiculous. What’s a 28 year old MAN doing hanging around 15-16 year old BOYS? He’s been accused of CHILD RAPE, and is ILLEGAL, and he’s walking around? WTF is wrong with our Judicial System? That he was offered ANY kind of bond in this case is ludicrious.

THREE DEAD VICTIMS SHOT EXECUTION STYLE.
ONE SURVIVOR SHOT EXECUTION STYLE.

What does it take to get REMAND in New Jersey? Are Black lives worth so absolutely little? I don’t care how high the bail was…that ANY was offered is enough to make the blood pressure rise.

Are we going to discuss that the perpetrators of this heinous crime so far, are ALL Hispanic? Is this a shade of what has been going on in Los Angeles?

Three lives completely snuffed out, and for what? For what? Absolutely nothing.

Yeah, I’ll say it. Maybe if his illegal self had been shipped out of this country in the first place, these three would possibly still be alive. And, please note his occupation: CONSTRUCTION WORKER. Someone want to tell me AGAIN that he’s doing a job an American won’t do?

Uh huh.

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Students Shot Execution Style In Newark – Community Outraged

This is part two of three of our video interview with Bruce Dixon (of Black Agenda Report) at Yearly Kos in Chicago. Bruce talks about the sometimes-hyped tension between black americans and latinos over illegal/immigration and economic opportunity, getting into US trade policy via NAFTA and more. Our own rikyrah has written passionately on the impacts of illegal immigration for the black community. I tried to get Bruce’s take on the issue as well.

(cross-posted to goodCRIMETHINK)

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Over at BlackProf, Christopher Bracey has some interesting questions to ask about this CNN article all about how non-Hispanic whites are now a minority in one in ten counties in the United States.

A lot of brothers and sisters are ambivalent or are sitting on the sidelines when it comes to immigration. Some think this isn’t their battle to fight, that it’s not about them.

I wouldn’t be so sure. USAToday actually ran 3 articles on the changing demographics in America today.


Hispanic growth extends eastward

Excerpt:

The increases in areas that experienced little diversity until this decade intensify the uproar over immigration. Forty-one states have enacted 171 laws this year aimed at illegal immigrants. About 100 communities have proposed similar ordinances; 40 have been enacted.

We’re seeing new immigrant minorities coming in to areas that haven’t had very much minority populations or immigrant populations,” says William Frey, demographer at the Brookings Institution. “It put immigration on the front burner politically. It scared a lot of people.”

More blacks going for suburbs, fast-growing locations

Excerpt:

Blacks and Hispanics are contributing a greater share to the growth of suburban and exurban counties in large metro areas, Frey says. In the 1990s, for example, blacks accounted for 12.4% of the growth in suburbs. That has jumped to 16.6% since 2000. Hispanics went from 18.9% to 24.5%.

And of course: Whites now minority in 1 in 10 counties

Excerpt:

Greg Letiecq recently helped form a group to fight illegal immigration in northern Virginia, called Help Save Manassas. The group is named for a city surrounded by Prince William County.

“It’s not about ethnicity, it’s not about race. It’s about lawful behavior versus unlawful behavior,” Letiecq said.

Still, he complained that many newcomers eschew American culture in favor of their Latino heritage.

“It’s the folks who come in and try to maintain the culture of the country they came from,” Letiecq said. “They don’t seem to embrace the American culture, the English language, the social norms of American culture.”

Do you see a pattern here in the alarmist undercurrent of these articles or is it just me? Never mind that the numbers could be interpreted that whites remain the majority in nine out of 10 counties. No, apparently there are some people that think something has to be done, that something will have to be done (like “Saving Manassas” — saving what exactly in Manassas or whom) to stem the black and brown tide since according to the 3rd article:

[...] increased diversity, fueled by immigration and higher birth rates among blacks and Hispanics, is straining race relations and sparking a backlash against immigrants in many communities.

“There’s some culture shock,” said Mark Mather of the Population Reference Bureau, a Washington-based research agency. “But I think there is a momentum building, and it is going to continue.”

Hmm. There are even interactive charts (shades of orange for Latino and purple for African-American, groan) to help you see more ahem, colorfully, the browning of once pristinely white counties.

We ignore the race-baiters like Pat “Third World Invasion” Buchanan and Bill O’Racist O’Reilly, no matter whom they target, at our own peril. Ordinances aimed at “cracking down” on immigrants will also be used to restrict others, especially that ever-expanding uppity black middle and upper class. It’s dismantling affirmative action to save Manassas, Michigan and other places for privilege. It’s racial profiling taken to a whole new societal level. It’s enacting Jim Crow for the 21st century. Arguments over de-segregation actually involved racists saying things like: we must fight to preserve our way of life. And fight some of them did. How far are today’s racists willing to go to “save their way of life” or Manassas or the border or whatever they’re so afraid of losing control of.

Whatever happened to:

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

I’m not a gamer per se. But I know when something makes me really uncomfortable. For reasons that are unclear, the hero of Resident Evil – Chris Redfield – is sent to Africa to kill zombies. Not France, Brazil, Beijing. Somewhere in Africa.

So what you have is a white guy surrounded by and killing lots of black people who are trying to eat his brains presumably because, in his words “I’ve got a job to do.”

Soooooo…..

What’s really going on here? Not to get Jungian, but is this about AIDS? Guilt over the hungry, ill and impoverished people of Darfur? Is this about helplessness in the face of overwhelming need and injustice? Discomfort at seeing angry villagers with sunglasses (or perhaps you might prefer, restless natives) shouting into megaphones, wild-eyed and waving farm implements? (watch the promo trailer above to see what I mean)

Or is it fear of a brown planet? Fear of encroaching hoards of pestilent, depraved, lustful (for brains, at least) black people? The point of games is to relax and have fun. Is shooting and killing a bunch of Africans fun and relaxing? Is that racist?

I don’t know what it is, but I’m not the only one who’s scratching my head. More over at MyUrbanReport.

I like to take note when Congressional Black Caucus members show real leadership. So here’s part of the story from the Politico Crypt on Rep. Maxine Waters’ just-introduced resolution, inspired by Bill Richardson no doubt, to turn up the heat on China’s financial support of Khartoum’s criminal, genocidal regime. The comments are mixed — many are supportive with some asking why American athletes must be punished. I’d like to think that American athletes would want to add their voices to the campaign to stop the genocide. It would be nice to hear of athletes and corporate sponsors willing to put pressure on China, for whom the Olympics are a huge deal.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) introduced a resolution as Congress prepared to break for the August recess Saturday, urging President Bush to boycott the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Waters and others involved in the effort to end the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, where an estimated 200,000 people have died and millions more are homeless, want to pressure China to curtail its support of the Sudanese government.

Sudan earned about $4 billion from oil sales last year, with 80 percent of that coming from China, according to Fortune magazine. Chinese firms also have helped build up the country’s infrastructure, leading to an economic boom in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, and China has stepped up arms sales to the strife-ravaged nation.

Western human-rights groups are pressuring China to cut or reduce its ties to the government of Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. And China has responded to some of the pressure. But a U.S. boycott of the Olympics would be a major blow to a showcase event designed to highlight China’s ascendancy as a world power.

Color of Change is out there on the front lines (ahem, unlike some other black organizations I can think of) working to help the Jena 6 families fight back and they need your help. Sign their new letter to the governor of Louisiana, y’all, when you have a moment.

More for CoC’s action alert:

A few weeks ago, we launched a campaign to bring visibility to the case of the Jena 6–six young black men in Jena, LA set to face more than 20 years in prison for their alleged role in a schoolyard fight. We’re already making a difference, but we could still really use your help.

Last Tuesday, over 300 people from across the country descended on Jena: we rallied in front of the courthouse, marched through downtown Jena, and cut through a line of sheriffs to hand-deliver petitions from more than 43,000 ColorOfChange.org members to the District Attorney’s office.

It was quite a moment. The families were beaming because they knew that we had their backs. And, from the looks on their faces, it was clear that the authorities hadn’t anticipated such a growing and powerful force. We’ve also gotten the attention of Governor Blanco, who finally started sending responses to the over 50,000 emails ColorOfChange.org members sent to her office. And, together, we’ve raised more than $55,000 for the legal defense of the Jena 6.

But we’ve got a ways to go. At this point it’s key to keep pressure on the Governor by continuing the emails, and we’re planning a bigger event in mid-to-late September. You can add your voice (and find out more ways you can help) by clicking below:
http://www.colorofchange.org/jena/?id=1489-129670

A Black Guy Did It

8 Aug 2007

Usually, it’s “a black guy raped me” or “a black guy put my kids into a car and pushed them into a lake.” Never before have I heard “a black guy made me offer him twenty bucks so I could give him a blowjob. “

TITUSVILLE – State Rep. Bob Allen told police he was just playing along when a undercover officer suggested in a public restroom that the legislator give him oral sex and $20 because he was intimidated, according to a taped statement and other documents released Thursday.

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“I certainly wasn’t there to have sex with anybody and certainly wasn’t there to exchange money for it,” said Allen, R-Merritt Island, who was arrested on charges of soliciting prostitution.

“This was a pretty stocky black guy, and there was nothing but other black guys around in the park,” Allen, who is white, told police in a taped statement after his arrest. Allen said he feared he “was about to be a statistic” and would have said anything just to get away.

I didn’t know it was possible, but State Rep. and former McCain campaign operative Bob Allen just may have found the limits of the “a black guy did it” defense. But I’ve been wrong before.

Pam Spaulding points out that the police report doesn’t exactly support Allen’s version of events, so his acquittal may rely entirely on his lawyer somehow picking a jury that has every season of OZ on DVD.

The officer: “I was standing against the far wall of the stall. Allen closed the door behind him and stood against it. I said “what’s up” and Allen said “Hi.” Allen then said “this is kind of a public place isn’t it.” I said “do you have somewhere else where we can go?” Allen said “How about across the bridge it’s quite [sic] over there.” Allen engaged me in a conversation in which he agreed to pay me $20.00 in order to perform a “blow job” on me.”

Stocky black guys are apparently telepathic.


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