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i’m free … free fallin’


I guess that unity stuff is being shown to have been a hoax all along … or are you still holding out for hope, and change, and the future?

Since everyone loved my Grandma got run over in election year lyrics so much, I feel compelled to do a follow up.

Now Obama is saying we misunderstood him again when he said recently, “I can no more disown (Jeremiah Wright) than I can my white grandmother … who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.”

You see, Obama had to explain that, "The point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn't. But she is a typical white person who, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn't know, there's a reaction that's been bred into our experiences that don't go away, and that sometimes come out in the wrong way, and that's just the nature of race in our society."

Huh! Typical white person?

Should I be offended? Am I a stereotype? Do Michele Obama and Jeremiah Wright represent the typical black person? Or Bill Cosby? Or Al Sharpton? Or Barry Bonds?

Have no fear folks. Ben LaBolt, an Obama spokesman, just clarified the clarification: "Barack Obama said specifically that he didn't believe his grandmother harbored any racial animosity, but that her fears were understandable and typical of those often shared by her generation."

Hhmmmm ... I wonder if Grandma ever had tea with this guy?

“There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.” - Jesse Jackson


I so love it when politicians have to stray from their meticulously crafted written scripts.

Mr. Obama, the mask is off and your poll numbers are dropping faster than a White House intern. Finally people are paying attention, and most of them do know what the definition of is is, and they can also see when a person is or isn’t living what he or she preaches.

A political speech just won't cut it, except with your hard-core followers, some of the good-hearted and politically naive, the people who basically believe in what Rev. Wright preaches, and of course the elite "progressive" intelligentsia of the mainstream media.

They don't like America very much either.

It’s slipping away, and laying blame games and feigning victim-hood will not rescue you this time. Power ultimately belongs to the people, and they do not sleepwalk forever, especially when the spectacle of the true believers among you scratching each other’s eyes out is played out for all to see. How vicious the campaign is getting, but that’s the fragmented power-hungry interest group politics of the Democrat Party, and it is what it is.

Keep talking. You're so bringing us all together.


All the vampires walkin’ through the valley
Move west down Ventura boulevard
And all the bad boys are standing in the shadows
All the good girls are home with broken hearts

And I’m free, free fallin’
Yeah I’m free, free fallin’
Free fallin, now I’m free fallin’, now I’m
Free fallin’, now I’m free fallin



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Mar. 21st, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
To tell you the truth, the typical white person is very prejudiced. As far as I am concerned, he is calling it like it is. And he can.

Mar. 22nd, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
Racism is defined as a belief your race is superior to another. Bigotry is not wanting to associate with or come into contact with other people because of their race or other criteria. Prejudice is assigning a judgment or opinion about a person or people because of skin color, ethnicity, or whatever. Discrimination is having certain preferences one way or the other.

I respect your opinion because it is your experience, but considering my definitions, you might want to think things through a bit more. It's my opinion that this is the kind of "dialog" you won't see engaged in because the loudest protestations are from people motivated by hate and entitlement.

My fault with Mr. Obama has sat and listened to a venom spewing, prejudiced, bigoted racist and condoned it through his silence. He has artfully, but obviously, attempted to shift the attention from his involvement into the old victimization game.

I was amused to hear Tavis Smiley with the brilliant and articulate Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. the other night, complaining that Barrack went too far in painting blacks as angry and bitter while then saying whites were resentful of that ... implying, he said, "It was the Negroes' fault."

I would say Mr. Smiley is probably not a racist but certainly prejudiced and probably guilty of discrimination as well. His words indicate he has already made up his mind, so why have a dialog?

Mr. Obama was supposed to transcend race and the media helped promote that illusion. It's taken over a year to expose this sore on his backside, and I don't blame him for trying to change the direction of the debate. This spectacle has been very ugly and it needs to be exposed for what it is, but thank goodness it is in the open.

Thanks for the comment.
Mar. 21st, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)
The Polls disagree.
Not according to Ballup. His polling percentages are more or less where they have been all along gie or take the margin of error (typically noted at + or - 3 points. He took a small dip from 50% down to around 43% but is now up to 45%. He has been in this 40% to 50% range since the end of January.

On the contrary, all one hears in the media from pretty much all of the sources I have listened to (and we know that to be a mix)is how this has bolstered his appeal and revived his game... how this is the BOLDEST and my DYNAMIC speech in ages and to be compared to the best ever made in politics. The man knows how to speak.

CBS has him slightly behind Clinton, CNN has him rather far ahead as does USA Today and ABC, the Reuters has placed him a bit ahead similar to Gallup, with NBC and Newsweek showing a dead heat.

Bloomburg, Pew and Associated Press, like almost ALL the other polls I pulled up show him statistically gaining about 4 or 5 points a month since January and MOST show him beating Clinton and quite possibly McCain as well.

How has he tumbled?

The only ones that say that are Time and Fox and the ultra conservative talking heads. Even they put the numbers pretty close.
Mar. 22nd, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
Re: The Polls disagree.
doh that was Gallup... I deleted the other because I posted prematurely - sorry .
Mar. 22nd, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
Re: The Polls disagree.
Where did you get your polls, Daily Kos? Media Matters? ;-)

I saw reuters, MSNBC, Zogby, Rasmussen, and Gallup plus an LA Times blog citing a poll I wasn't familiar with.

It was a fair speech, better than most. However, it did not explain why he stayed in that church for 20 years exposing his two "precious daughters" to such hate filled venom. It was a thinly disguised political speech, however, pushing the same old buttons that have been used for over 40 years.

Thank God we are finally getting a glimpse of who this man is! It's be nice if someone asked him if he heard any of these sermons "in the pew" and what was it that he did agree with Rev. Wright on?

The glow is slipping away and we are seeing more and more of the politician between each skillfully delivered speech. People are paying attention now.

Edited at 2008-03-22 11:34 pm (UTC)
Mar. 22nd, 2008 03:11 am (UTC)
Re: The Polls disagree.
Again, that speech will be forgotten should Obama return to the Senate bloodied and bruised.

Here's one:


Another source:


and another:


There are more. I have studied polling in college so I know that upsdie and downside. They are useful to show pattern and shifts, etc.

Are you saying "ultra conservatives" fake polling results and that pollsters paid for by candidates, parties, and campaigns and conducted by radical liberals are impeccible and impartial?

Legitimate polling companies make their reputations on providing accurate information. Of course liberals never tweak or spin the facts, right?

I don't need a poll to tell Obama's dropping, btw. I can see it in his face, his posture, and his increasingly harsh tactics and comments.
Mar. 22nd, 2008 12:03 am (UTC)
I listened to large parts of , but not the whole speech. I have just been too busy. I heard nothing offensive in it. I heard his call it as he sees it and he said little if anything that I have not heard in the media for AGES. When Cosby said some of the same things he was blasted by the black community.

I have not hear much from anyone that sounded even remotely negative, save in the Conservative end of the media. Once again he could not have paid for publicity and gotten such fantastic exposure.

Now we all know I hates the parties. I am waiting for the great Democratic National Collapse ... I mean Convention. I am looking for this to be a circus like no other. Sadly it could mean that the Republicans gain steam as a result. Truth is that I don't favor McCain or Obama. Clinton make me uneasy, but only for a couple specific issues. Should be an interesting year.

Mar. 22nd, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
Denver says they are low on moneys so I don't know if they'll be able to control the rioting.

I could care less what any liberal or conservative pundit believe, to tell you the truth. My opinions are mine, and I know what I heard and know what I didn't hear.

Frankly, I am tired of good speechmakers, people born with silver tongues, people who play word games.

I feel I am not alone, although I suppose I should be a little disillusioned. It's very hard knowing that your every fact, reference, citation, observation, statistic, analysis, and opinion is wrong, although being amused at the sight of liberals defending racist anti-semites like Wright after demanding the lynching of Billy Graham and demonizing the likes of Geraldine Ferraro somewhat makes up for it. *LOL*

Edited at 2008-03-22 02:44 am (UTC)
Mar. 22nd, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
I am sure you are not alone... but the point is that in general it was received well. I still agree that this guy is running on a very thin record. To hear Hillary run on the experience clam is kinda funny too, unless one is to admit that she was running Bill's show. When it comes to simple political experience McCain has them all beat hands down; but he has let his banner fly in the direction of convenience in the past. He has sat on the fence too many times in the past and fallen off to the left and right as the politics of the day have taken him. He is an insider and a player in the political game. I am afraid we are back to picking the lesser of three evils. Then again, there's always Nader ... cough cough. I almost choked on that one.

I don't think we need to worry about his "spoiler" effect this time around.

PS Spent a good part of the evening playing baseball on Playstation talking TSB through the game. He is not quite getting it. Baseball is rather complicated.
Mar. 22nd, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
Nader is 74.

McCain will do for 4 years, if we can keep him from opening the boarders and worshipping at the altar of algore.

Hillarys records are showing the phone never rang at 3 a.m. and she is immediately qualified to have tea parties and tour museums. What a joke these two candidates are in their abilities to actually lead this county. They are politicians ... period, although Obama is more a leftist/socialist idealogue than I ever imagined Hillary could be.

Never trust a man who writes TWO books about himself before he is 40 years old. What an ego and what a shrew for a wife!

Mar. 22nd, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
BTW, your perpetuatal argument that you never hear anything I say or bring up expressed by Katie Couric and NPR should probably be telling you something ... don't you think? ;-)
Mar. 22nd, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
No - As I say, I am not a single source news person. Were I a single source news person I would say to myself, "Self, we need to expand our sources. We just don't seem to be getting a broad enough picture." I have expanded my news obsession to the limit that work and family allow (and then some).

If it tells me that many of your statements are clearly opinions, and are not necessarily shared by broad swaths of the population. The same is clearly true of my own. We each have our own take - that's fine.

I cannot remember the last time I watched Katie Couric. Maybe once or twice since she left the Today Show.

Sometimes I think you read a little too far into what some of these people are saying. You give these folk way too much credit for a capacity for deviousness that would require a Moriarty sort of mind. I simply think you give them too much credit in that department.

Wasn't Nixon a Conservative Republican... cough cough. I keep saying it. None of their hands are clean.
Mar. 22nd, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
You're mixing apples with oranges.

I'm talking about actual news facts, not editorial policy or opinion. I've been telling you about Rev. Wright for months, for example, and the liberal media has not only not reported the story, no one asked Mr. Obama anything about his church affiliations despite Romney and Huckabee being repeatedly questioned about theirs.

No matter how many liberal sources you check, I'm sure you found no mention of it save a couple I posted for you (Rolling Stone and the New York Times from a year ago) recently I you read them.

No one has YET to ask Mr. Obama what he believes regarding black liberation theology, desiring, IMHO, to quash the matter once and for all. And has he ever met (spare me the nuance and word games) Louis Farrakhan, with whom his mentor seems to have had such a cozy relationship?

You know the media would be running stories 24/7 had a conservative presidential candidate been attending a white-supremacist church for 20 years.

Read Juan Williams thoughts, if and when available, on Barack and Mr. Wright. Juan is one of the few thoughtful and fair liberal pundits I listen to, although I disagree with him often.

Oh, I found some statements on YouTube:

The liberal media (as a group) continue to ignore the facts about the cracks in global warming theory, keeping in lock step in their aim to promote this radical/extremist agenda.

I give my opinions based on the facts I see and enumerate. The media I criticize hide those facts from their audience. I use Katie as an example for comedic effect, although it seems 99% of the time the network news shows seem to share the same reporter pool.

NIXON! My God that was over 30 years ago. A brilliant political tactician who accomplished so much but did some stupid things he had no need to do. If he weren't so sinister looking, he'd have gotten away with it. He would have been re-elcted in a landslide anyway.
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Mar. 22nd, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
by the way, what about those poll numbers?
Mar. 22nd, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
Good grief! Do I have to spoon feed you?

I sent you a few individual links to stories already. Here's another:


What poll numbers are you talking about? Just about all the polls except CBS show McCain beating both Dems last week. I'm guessing 2/3 of the people sampled didn't really know much about the controversy or the speech, except they heard it was a wonderful speech and Barack explained everything. I'll bet not 1 in 10 actually heard or read the whole speech.

Did you?
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