Huckabee defends Obama’s Pastor

28 03 2008

Of course being the bleeding liberal that I am–not–I have been quite annoyed by the press coverage of the negative aspect of Sen. Obama’s pastor’s statements about the U.S. and particular ethnic groups. What the media does not talk about is those who have come out to defend Obama and his relationship with Rev. Wright.

The latest person to defend Rev. Wright is none other than Mike Huckabee. I was quite stun to hear Gov. Huckabee come to the defense of his rival, enemy, foe–Sen. Obama. It just goes to show you that even the right is saying enough is enough. There is something about Obama that causes people to trust him and believe him. Maybe its a thing called integrity, honesty and character.

Thanks Huckabee for going against the status quo and speaking out against media bias and bringing reality to the table in America. Let’s own up and face the music folks about our country’s past and let’s deal with it together so that the wounds will no longer fester but be healed so we can move forward together.

Here’s the transcript from Gov. Huckabee’s interview on MSNBC and the recording of it here so that you can watch it yourself.

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What does Hilary Clinton’s Pastor have to say

27 03 2008

8:43am Today
26 Mar 2008 07:27 am

“The Reverend Jeremiah Wright is an outstanding church leader whom I have heard speak a number of times. He has served for decades as a profound voice for justice and inclusion in our society. He has been a vocal critic of the racism, sexism and homophobia which still tarnish the American dream. To evaluate his dynamic ministry on the basis of two or three sound bites does a grave injustice to Dr. Wright, the members of his congregation, and the African-American church which has been the spiritual refuge of a people that has suffered from discrimination, disadvantage, and violence. Dr. Wright, a member of an integrated denomination, has been an agent of racial reconciliation while proclaiming perceptions and truths uncomfortable for some white people to hear. Those of us who are white Americans would do well to listen carefully to Dr. Wright rather than to use a few of his quotes to polarize. This is a critical time in America’s history as we seek to repent of our racism. No matter which candidates prevail, let us use this time to listen again to one another and not to distort one another’s truth,”

– Dean J. Snyder, Foundry United Methodist Church, March 19, 2008. Snyder is Hillary Clinton’s pastor





Catching Up

24 03 2008

It has been a while since I last wrote on this blog. 3 weeks in fact, but forgive me my absence. I have been working hard on the Obama campaign here in Texas and many things have taken place since then.

So I will start from this moment and go backwards and fill you all in on the happenings on the campaign trail. Firstly, I received an internship in Philly to work for the Students for Barack Obama while on Spring Break. I am typing this blog 30,000 feet in the air on Continental Airlines. I am excited but the road to getting me on the plane was quite hellish.

First, I saw my friend off to NYC. She had the audacity to leave her minivan with me because I am the responsible one. Needless to say I was in a car accident because some idiot decided to slam on his brakes causing the woman behind him and myself to hit each other. Of course he kept driving, oblivious to the mayhem he caused behind him. Unfortunately, through all this, I came to find out that my friend only had liability insurance and her vehicle was totaled. The SFBO did a fundraiser and raised $600 dollars for me including $440 given to me by my boss who was impressed by the fact that I was sacrificing every thing so that my friend was not assed out. She felt it showed I had character, which caused her to have pity on me.

I realized that my friend’s string of bad luck spilled over into my life the day she brought me her car. I know now not to ever drive anyone’s car. Also, I had already purchased my airfare to Philly and the ticket was non-refundable so my family and friends gave me another $200 so that I could eat while on my internship since I had gave $400+ to my friend’s car fund, emptying out my nest egg. Sidebar–I am currently looking for full time employment, if anyone in the Houston area know of any openings in a law firm or government agency please email me.

After all that, I arrived 20 minutes late for my flight but the one of the workers took pity on me when he heard I was on my way to intern for Obama in Philly and now I am on my way. I am one of those people who refuse to freak out in the midst of grief and stress. I kept a level head and spun my wheels until things were taken care of. Hopefully, my friend will have a car by tomorrow so that she can return back to Austin and my life can return back to normal and I can begin to repay my family and friends what I owe them.

New York

The wonderful state of New York has sworn their 55th governor who happens to be their first black American governor and the first blind governor in this nation’s history. I find it quite amazing that black Americans are making history all over the place this year because of circumstances.

First, Barack Obama and now, Gov. Patterson. I am amazed at how everyone in New York are opened to the possibility but also sadden that Gov. Spitzer represent the day of old politicians who did not practiced what they preached.

This scandal is just another blemish on the American political history and another sore spot in the Clintons’ campaign. What people do not know is that Gov. Spitzer was a super delegate that supported Senator Clinton. He was forced to step down because of his $80,000 involvement in a prostitution ring. Which by the way was what he built his career on—that is, prosecuting government officials for their involvement in the seedy business of prostitution. I find it ironic but not unbelievable. Just a few years ago, we found out that Strom Thurman, a fanatical supporter of segregation and a self proclaim racist had a bi-racial—half black—daughter.

I have come to find that those who are fanatical about particular things tend to be those who are guilty of indulging in those very, same sins. The one thing that did actually disturb me about this incident was how Gov. Spitzer’s wife stood by his side as he announced to the whole world that he is another man guilty of not only illegal dealings but also of humiliating his lovely wife who stands by him solemn and near tears.

As a woman, this situation borders on abuse. I find it quite distasteful that he allowed her to stand there with him. Even if it were her idea, as a man of integrity—oh yeah he has proven that he lacks integrity– he should have told his wife that this walk he had to walk alone and refrain from humiliating her further. 2 months ago the Gov. of Michigan did the same thing to his wife. It makes me ill, and believe me I can taste the bile in my mouth, that women in this country have not come much further from the women of the 1800’s who stood by their men no matter what.

I need to step off of my soap box before I drown in the deep end, but needless to say this month has been rife with scandal. The good thing is we have another super delegate throwing his hat into the ring for Obama. Woohoo.

Philadelphia, PA

Currently, I am in Philly helping out with the campaign while on Spring break. I have met many people since I have been here. Took pictures with “Black Thought” at a student rally and took pictures of Caroline Kennedy when she came into the HQ to phone bank.

I have had a rough and tumble ride in Philly. My luggage was lost by the airlines when I first got here. I had to spend $50 on my first day for cab fare because my ride had his car locked in the garage—he showed up too late to retrieve it. I have gotten sick and have had my debit card stolen by the security guard who frisked me at an event—I will never see it again, I had to cancel it—and was harassed by a wino on the train. Despite all this I have met the most brilliant of minds, although most of them were a bit narcissistic and micro-managing.

I was especially moved by Sen. Obama’s speech on race last week. I liked the fact that he did not let anyone push him into a corner and pretty addressed an issue in this country that needed to be addressed for a long time. I was very proud that he did not throw his pastor under the bus but instead stood firm on his loyalty to the man while denouncing his words. I particularly loved the fact that he brought into the light the grievances that both whites and blacks feel toward each other and at the same saying to each respective groups that these grievances are real and need to be dealt with by working together.

I shed a tear when I heard the “We are the ones song” two days ago for the first time—and I am not the least bit emotional–but seeing little Zoe Kravitz all grown up moved me. I almost swallowed my tongue when I saw Bill Richardson endorse Obama–now that’s an interesting turn of events and was equally sadden that Michigan and Florida have to suffer and not allow their voices to be heard because the democratic party in their respective state did not stand up to their Republican councilmen when they moved the primaries up knowing full well that their democratic constituents would have to pay the price for it–of course this was done on purpose to cripple the democratic party.

I am somewhat perturbed that Donna Brazile, Nancy Pelosi and Howard Dean have not put an end to this bickering between Clinton and Obama and pressure Hillary Clinton to end what is becoming a dirty campaign that has begun to split the democratic party. Let’s end this nonsense and form a unified front and stop giving the Republicans ammunition against the front-runner. And for God’s sake don’t say on national TV that you think Sen. McCain would be a better C.I.C than the guy in your own party. And then say after discrediting him that you think that he would make a good VP–what? Everyone knows that Sen. Clinton cannot catch up to Obama’s tally and what is up with her saying that the smaller states do not count–what is she going to be the President of the big states? What happened to running for the President of the United States? Interesting.

Despite it all, this movement has proven time and again that when people unite as a stalwart front they will not and cannot be moved.





The Silly Season

25 02 2008

I will write a complete blog later, for now, watch this video..





Obamomentum

23 02 2008

I have been waiting all week to write this post. Of course I was researching the hell out of a lot of things and running myself ragged volunteering for the Obama campaign this week.

There were two amazing things that happened to me this week in conjunction to the Obama campaign. 1) I put a smile on someone’s face and 2) I got to see Obama live not to mention meet Candy Crawley of CNN fame.

On Monday this week, our campus group sponsored a GOTV rally on campus. Of course I was decked out in all my Obama gear. As I was walking home from the bus stop, an African guy stopped and asked me where he could find an Obama shirt like mine because he had been trying to get his hand on one. He being African was a big fan of Obama. I proceeded to tell him that the Obama website was sold out and on back order and decided to give him my hard earned Obama button that took me two months to get. The biggest smile broke across his face when I handed it to him and I think the pure joy in his eyes will be forever etched into my brain. I mean to us it was just a button but to him it was hope.

Secondly, I was afforded the opportunity to volunteer for the Obama rally here in Houston. I was given the job of keeping the press off of the floor and behind a steel gate. Of course I pissed a few people off because I am a stickler for decorum and rules. I guarded my area like a secret serviceman guarding a president who’s life had been threatened. I am not saying I did not enjoy myself and let my guard down a few times. I danced to the oldies and made a few secret service personnel smile and one laugh–and believe me these men are scary. They scare me and I am not easily intimidated.

At one point Senator Obama shook hands with supporters. Let me just say this, I am never star-struck. I just can’t be that silly. With that being said I was embarrassed how some of the people reacted after Senator Obama shook their hands or hug them or whatever the case was. One older black woman ran toward me and shouted , “He touched my hand!!” For real lady? How old are you? I thought I was at a cheesy church revival.

All in all the atmosphere was electrifying and Senator Obama is better in person than on television. I now understand his appeal to the world at large.

The next day our campus group hosted another rally, a McCain supporter and Daily Cougar writer came by the table and asked me a few questions about Obama. He asked, “How do you feel when people say that Senator Obama is all rhetoric and no substance?” I responded, “Well, in all honesty it is a fallacy. Yes he inspires people, but let’s be honest humans are 80% emotion and 20% logic. I feel you need to inspire people and tap into their emotions before bringing out the laundry list of chores you are planning to accomplish as the president and Senator Obama recognizes this.” I went on to explain to him about the $4000 tuition break that Senator Obama wishes to initiate for college students who participates in community service each year they are in college. This gentleman misinformed me–something I found out after much research–that Americorps already does this. Mind you, I have never heard of Americorps let alone seen them in my community. I know they exist but it [Americorps] has not impacted my world. Furthermore, it does not give a $4000 tuition credit to students who participate in community service. Senator Obama wishes to make this idea a national institution. As I student I think it is a fabulous idea. America invests in students and students invest in America–building the nation from the ground up.

After this incident I decided I needed to know even more than what I already knew about Senators Obama and Clinton. I did not have to look very far because this wonderful blogger did the work for me by listing all of Obama and Clinton’s accomplishments while serving in the senate–of course Obama outshines Clinton in bills passed and introduced. I even went to the The Library of Congress–Thomas to read these bills for myself–the man has a record to back up his claims.

After last night’s debate I doubt anyone will be able to say Senator Obama is all rhetoric and no substance. I am excited for this candidate and I am working my fingers to the bone to make sure he wins Texas.

Stand for change and get to know your candidate so you know what you actually stand for. Get out and vote this week–no excuses..

I am tired but will add more thoughts later about the 9 state, 1 territory, 1 democrats abroad sweep.





Weigh it out

15 02 2008

After Obama’s national 7 state, 1 territory sweep this past week, the Clinton campaign is scrambling to catch up. In a way I find this situation quite amusing seeing that Hillary underestimated the “junior” Senator from Illinois–barely refraining herself from patting him on the head when he announced that he would be running for President this year.

It is also quite amusing that she continues to campaign under the ” I am more experienced” banner when it has become apparent that Obama is out-raising and out-campaigning her. So much for being Junior, eh?

On Sunday while rallying in Virgina, one of the only states besides Maine, Senator Clinton stated, “Yes, Obama won Louisiana. It is because it has a strong, proud African American constituency.” What she forgot to mention was that the other three states he won over the weekend have a negligible black constituency. Well, I guess we can no longer say that he is winning because of the black vote which has not been the case since the beginning. Oh and BTW if you have not received the memo, he won all states and territories this weekend.

Furthermore, while campaigning in El Paso, TX which she flew to before even getting the results from the Potomac States caucuses and primaries, she made another derogatory statement, after finding out that Obama won all three states on Tuesday. She said, “Oh the states he won does not matter. They are just small states. I plan to win the big three, Texas, Ohio, and PA.” I won’t even mention the fact that she refused to campaign in the states she felt she would not win. For real, Hill? This says a lot to me about her character. I thought you were running for the President of the USA, Hill, not the President of the big states? We won’t even discuss the fact that she stated at a rally that she needed the Latino vote and that is what matter because they make up a large constituency in those the big 3.

Another peak into Hill’s lack of courtesy and integrity, in this New York Times article, one of Hill’s aides stated that Hillary is willing to take “incendiary steps” including suing the DNC to have the delegates of Florida and Michigan seated at the Convention. Incendiary steps–I guess her attitude is ‘by any means necessary” which conveys to me that she is all about power and not the people. Despite these shameful acts, I still know people who wish to have this woman as their President.

On to better things, today I read a blog by a Republican Mommy who endorsed Obama. She felt that he is the best candidate she has seen in years. So I guess she is an official Obamacan?

Today, I met with the Obama staff and let me tell you, when the guy says he is all about youth, he isn’t lying. 95% of his staff are young under 30-somethings who are excited and infectious about this candidacy. He has touched each and every one of them in some amazing way. I have never seen so much excitement. The momentum is building and once the ball begins to roll it never stops, it only picks up speed– and this ball is the Obama campaign. What you see is what you get.

I will pose a question to my readers, who do wish to have as President? Someone who may lack experience but has proven that they have excellent leadership skills and integrity? Or someone who has proven and continues to prove that they have no integrity at all and becoming President is all about power? Think long and hard–if you pay attention you will notice that one candidate’s words and actions line up but the other does not. After saying all that–I employ you all to get out and vote.

Baracking out!!





Texas Primaries

12 02 2008

For those of you who are Obama supporters and wish to see him win in the Texas Primary and Caucus I have attached some info on what you can do to show your support. Also, if you wish to volunteer, please join groups listed on Barack Obama 4 America site they are organizing in every community in Houston and other cities in the state.

Good luck and I look forward to meeting you all in the future.

Texas Primary Part 2 – Precinct Conventions HARRIS COUNTY (Meeting)
The Texas Primary is a two part process. Part one is the prmary vote. Part two is the precinct conventions. This takes place at 7:15 pm on March 4, 2008. You will meet at the polling place that you went to to vote in the primary. You must vote in the primary to participate. Both parts play a role in delegate allocation!!! The precinct convention is the grassroot level of determining the Texas state delegates who travel to the DNC in Denver.

Please refer to the links below for more information.

Texas Democratic Party Rules
http://www.txdemocrats.org/the_party/article_iv_party_conventions

Harris County Precinct Finder
http://www.hcdp.org/findprecinct.html

Harris County Democratic Party
http://www.hcdp.org/