MSM once again shows itself to be a thing separate from American values

By now you’ve probably heard the uproar about Michelle’s decision to invite the rapper Lonnie Rashid Lynn, aka, “Common”, to the White House.  The Daily Caller has an example of one of Common’s raps.  I won’t sully my blog by quoting from it, although I can tell you that it calls for President George W. Bush’s death; encourages race warfare; and uses indescribably foul language.  Common’s raps also laud Assata Shakur, a convicted cop killer who, after escaping from prison, found shelter in Cuba.  You won’t be surprised to learn that Common is also a big fan of Mumia Abu-Jamal.  Indeed, I’m willing to bet that you won’t even be surprised to learn that he goes way, way back with the Obamas, since he too was one of Rev. Wright’s flock.
Unsurprisingly, a lot of people are upset about Michelle’s decision to invite this low-life to the White House, where he will be feted at taxpayer’s expense.  Amongst those upset are the New Jersey police.  The cop that Assata Shakur killed was one of their own:  Trooper Werner Foerster (may he rest in peace).  The New York branch of NBC is covering the story.  I wonder if you find the second paragraph as surprising as I do:

The invitation of rapper Common to the White House this week is drawing the ire of the union representing New Jersey state police.

While even casual hip-hop fans wouldn’t characterize him as a controversial rapper, Common found himself under the microscope after First Lady Michelle Obama invited him to the White House for an arts event. In question: the lyrics to “A Song for Assata,” about convicted cop-killer and former Black Panther Assata Shakur.

If I understand this correctly, someone who is racist, advocates assassinating a president, celebrates cop killers, and is so obscene that his work is rendered almost unintelligible, is also the type of guy that “casual hip-hop fans wouldn’t characterize . . . as a controversial rapper.”

What does one have to chant about to earn the title of “controversial rapper”?  Perhaps a black person could suggest that illegal immigration is not a good thing for the black community, because it takes jobs away and gives them to people living under the radar (although legal immigration is good for the nation’s health).  That would be controversial.  Or maybe a black rapper should take note of the fact that a disproportionate number of black babies get vacuumed out of women’s bodies at Planned Parenthood offices.  Whether or not one supports abortion, that’s a thing that should give blacks some demographic concern.  I bet a rap on that subject would garner MSM headlines.  Or maybe it would be controversial to rap about the fact that most black rappers, by denigrating ordinary social systems and structures, ensure that young black people turn their back on education and hard work, giving them a lifetime ticket to the ghetto.

 

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  • abc

    If the “burn a bush” line truly was a call for violence against the President, then they ought to have arrested the man.  Otherwise, there isn’t really anything there to preclude the guy from attending the White House event.  If you are for free speech, and even obnoxious free speech, then you ought to allow this.  Short of an actual call for violence that would be actionable by the FBI, this is just the same kind of offensive language that ought to be protected.  Whether the MSM covers it is a question of ratings and giving its audience what it wants, just like right wing talk shows or Fox News. 

  • Gringo

    abc
    If the “burn a bush” line truly was a call for violence against the President, then they ought to have arrested the man.  Otherwise, there isn’t really anything there to preclude the guy from attending the White House event.  If you are for free speech, and even obnoxious free speech, then you ought to allow this.
     
    Have you checked out the links? Here is a sample of his lyrics.

    Stay true to what I do so the youth dream come
    from project building
    Seeing a fiend being hung
    With that happening, why they messing with Saddam?
    Burn a Bush cos’ for peace he no push no button
    Killing over oil and grease
    no weapons of destruction
    How can we follow a leader when this a corrupt one
    The government’s a g-unit and they might buck young black people
    Black people In the urban area one
    I hold up a peace sign, but I carry a gun.
    Peace, ya’ll.”

    Say no more. Best you check links before you pontificate.

  • Charles Martel

    Norman Mailer started a lot of this with “The White Negro” in 1957, his essay fantasy about black virility and authenticity, which, apparently, white hipsters were to try to emulate.

    The problem with whites trying to authenticize themselves by acting like black lowlifes was that it showed enormous racism (black men were perceived as violent, pea-brained sex fiends) and it led quickly to the destruction of hard-won social cohesion in the ghetto when whites, who held most of the political power at the time, forced welfare on poor blacks. Black men quickly got the idea that they were no longer necessary, so many of them began to practice in earnest the vices that pathetic Norman so admired.

    Meanwhile, back in Caucasia, the hippies, in their own goofy, clueless way, were a big source of infection as they brought lowlife white trash/black trash attitudes into the mainstream culture. Add a tributary of Marxist nihilists like Bill Ayers, who infected the academy, and within 30 years after Mailer’s essay U.S. culture had changed enough to inspire Bloom’s “The Closing of the American Mind.” 

    So, Book, all of this is to say that while your argument will resonate with me and many others, it will not do so strongly enough to make a difference. The culture has been Mailerized: the majority of hip-hop and rap is bought by white kids; U.S. bastardy in general has reached 40 percent (70 percent among blacks); one of the most popular songs in the past year, “Forget You,” is really named “F**k You”—and millions feel hip and titillated knowing that; communists now march openly in SEIU parades and the MSM yawns at it.

    Common isn’t a despicable, hateful man in the eyes of the people who are doing these things, he’s a rebel. And being a rebel is just about the best damned thing a person can be in this culture. When epater la bourgeoisie is still regarded as an act of daring originality (despite the fact that we’re almost all BoBos now), you and I shouldn’t be surprised that as a remnant of that class, people like us are the ones that Michelle Obama and Common feel a need to dismay.

  • Danny Lemieux

    If all the Lefties that had preached violence against Bush during his two terms had been arrested, they would have to convert whole towns into penitentiaries.

  • kali

    abc: If you are for free speech, and even obnoxious free speech, then you ought to allow this.
     
    I went back over Book’s post and couldn’t find where she was advocating the use of government force to shut this man up. Or does advocating free speech mean you can’t express disgust? Or point out double standards? Or wonder what it says about someone that they see this sort of speech is normal?

  • kali

    Charles Martel:  When epater la bourgeoisie is still regarded as an act of daring originality

    I consider it a gift to my more progressive friends to be epatee’d on a regular basis. A few of the really sharp ones have figured what I’m really up to ;)

  • Libby

    The only thing that could disqualify him from going to the White House would be for him to criticize Obama.
    I love how we’re constantly told how “polarizing” people like Palin are, and the way that the MSM labels most Republicans “ultra” or “extremely” right-wing or conservative. However, someone who so easily advocates the assassination of a sitting president, praises a cop killer, and stirs up race hatred is uncontroversial.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Short of an actual call for violence that would be actionable by the FBI, this is just the same kind of offensive language that ought to be protected.

    That’s easy for A to say when A isn’t the one doing any work or making an sacrifices for its protection.
    Whether the MSM covers it is a question of ratings and giving its audience what it wants, just like right wing talk shows or Fox News.

    Last time I checked, the White House isn’t Fox News and is anti-Fox News to begin with. Are you in this reality yet, A. When will you come down to Earth and meet the mountain.

  • jj

    It’s another inch or two of the corner into which the media has painted itself.  They are so invested in this little slob who currently occupies the white house that they no longer have the room to criticize anything – look at the stories that are being ignored.
     
    Obama of course laughs at Bush for flying over New Orleans in the wake of Katrina, (as opposed, I guess, to baling out of the plane and going for a swim.)  But – has Obama even deigned to do that much for the citizens of Memphis, and other flooded towns along the Mississippi?  And – has the media even once anywhere bitched about his total lack of interest?
     
    Obama declines to consider a disaster declaration for Texas in the wake of the fires – not interested despite the Texas government’s pleas for some assistance.  Screw you, citizens of Texas.
     
    We may not spike the ball – but he certainly does.  If what he’s been doing prancing around the country the past week is construable as anything other than a victory lap, I’d like to know what it might be.  He’s about an inch away from passing himself off as the head of SEAL Team 6 – and of course nobody in the media notices the disconnect between him employing every single bit of terror fighting methodology the Bush Administration established – that he denigrated and campaigned against.  (Let it not be forgotten, his witless attorney general is to this day pursuing Bush Administration officials for having established such things as “enhanced interrogation.”)  The fact that his current victory lap around America is only possible because of these things seems not to occur to anyone in the MSM.  (OR if it does, they’ve so positioned themselves that they can’t talk about it.)
     
    In the course of this “not spiking the ball” victory lap has he once offered America’s – on whose behalf he claims to speak – thanks to the Bush Administration?  No – the classless little gutter-snipe has not.  And if he lives to be 7,000 years old such a three-second display of manners and graciousness will never occur to him – as he demonstrates every day.
     
    Currently the MSM is touting the idea that Obama is getting a 60% approval rating.  Maybe he is – among them – but I live int he real world these days, and I don’t buy it.  This crowing and preening and prancing around over Bin Laden is gutter-snipe behavior – and I don’t believe the American people think it’s 60% fine.  The price of gas has doubled since Obama took office – I don’t think the American people think that’s a good thing to the tune of a 60% approval rating.  The housing market is shot to hell and heading for a double dip disaster – I doubt 60% of the American people think that’s worthy of approbation.  Along with gasoline, food prices are only heading on one direction – I’ll lay a sizable bet the American people aren’t 60% approving of that.
     
    In short – I don’t buy this poll from the MSM – I think it’s crap.  (I think it’s more than that, but we’re trying to be civil, here.)  And it’s sardonically amusing that they tracked Bush at about a 30% approval rating when gas cost half as much, there was no inflation, food was abundant and cheap, our relations with most of the world were pretty positive, he tried (eight times between 2006 and 2008 he tried) to get Fwank to cut the crap with Fannie and Fweddie – for which he got just about zero credit except from the financial pages and channels.  I doubt Bush was at 30%, just as much as I doubt this little thug is at 60%.
     
    The members of the Supreme Court show up at the State of the Union speech, and he publicly, classlessly, insults them.  Gutter-snipe.  He invites Dan Ryan, a serious man with serious things to say about the budget, to his little act on the budget, and insults Ryan in front of the world – in a forum where Ryan cannot answer back.  (He’s also a bold debater, our little hero.)  Classless; gutter-snipe.  Yesterday he’s down in Texas mocking and making fun of the people who are asking for some help on the porous border – because they have to live with the shit.  (Oops, sorry.)  He is a class-free zone.
     
    So given that he is what he is – a classless, Chicago thug gutter-snipe – it’s not at all a shock, and shouldn’t be a surprise that garbage like “Common” – gets an invitation to this gang’s white house as part of a gaggle of “poets.”  He advocates killing cops, he supports a cop-killer who ran off to Cuba, he is in favor of killing a former president.  That’s perfect for this bunch – what could be better than that?  Another classless gutter-snipe, he fits in like a piece of a jigsaw puzzle.
     
    The MSM has painted itself into such a corner that if any of them did have the wit to see a problem or two here, they’re unable to mention it, because look at all the accumulated crap to which they’ve already issued a pass.  If theyw anted to, they couldn’t say a word.
     
     

  • abc

    kali, so given that you read carefully, you would have noticed that she differentiates between free speech on the one hand and incitment to violence on the other.  She also appears to say that free speech falling short of this incitement should be allowed even if you personally find it objectionable.  The Jewish newspaper might seem to advocate a point of view different from your own, but they are not calling for violence, so let them be.  That was the argument.  So, unless you think that this rapper’s words are actually an incitement to violence, then it would appear to be free speech, and the sentiment, while objectionable to many (myself included) would not cause one to question the decision of the First Lady, which is her prerogative, to invite the rapper over for a poetry reading.  Maybe bookworm is just voicing an opinion, which she is entitled to do, but maybe she is saying something more.  It’s tough to tell.  My comment was meant to clarify the issue a bit by noting that if the FBI hasn’t hauled this rapper in for threatening the President, then it’s NO BIG DEAL that he is being invited to the White House.

  • abc

    jj writes:

    “It’s another inch or two of the corner into which the media has painted itself.  They are so invested in this little slob who currently occupies the white house that they no longer have the room to criticize anything – look at the stories that are being ignored.”

    Why a slob?  He seems always to be neatly dressed and well-kempt…
     
    “Obama of course laughs at Bush for flying over New Orleans in the wake of Katrina, (as opposed, I guess, to baling out of the plane and going for a swim.)  But – has Obama even deigned to do that much for the citizens of Memphis, and other flooded towns along the Mississippi?  And – has the media even once anywhere bitched about his total lack of interest?”

    Actually, Obama did visit with victims of the natural disasters in the south and only very recently.  it was reported in the fawning MSM, so maybe it was just a total fiction created with PhotoShop, but most Americans still believe that live footage on multiple stations is a reliable indication that the President was there.  And, by the way, many more people than just Obama criticized Bush for being photographed merely flying over the Katrina wreckage–it’s been reported that Bush himself was extremely upset with his Press Sec’y for his appearance in the press that day.  And, for the record, he didn’t need to parachute into the water, but could have landed in an area nearby and done the same kind of photo op that every leader has done since the invention of the camera.
     
    “Obama declines to consider a disaster declaration for Texas in the wake of the fires – not interested despite the Texas government’s pleas for some assistance.  Screw you, citizens of Texas.”

    The wildfires in California in the last couple of years have been worse than Texas, and no disaster declaration.  The last declaration occurred in ’07, but that was designed to speed funds to help with the fires.  in the case of Texas, FEMA has ALREADY COMMITTED FUNDS, so it is not an analogous situation.  Facts matter.
     
    “We may not spike the ball – but he certainly does.  If what he’s been doing prancing around the country the past week is construable as anything other than a victory lap, I’d like to know what it might be.  He’s about an inch away from passing himself off as the head of SEAL Team 6 – and of course nobody in the media notices the disconnect between him employing every single bit of terror fighting methodology the Bush Administration established – that he denigrated and campaigned against.  (Let it not be forgotten, his witless attorney general is to this day pursuing Bush Administration officials for having established such things as “enhanced interrogation.”)  The fact that his current victory lap around America is only possible because of these things seems not to occur to anyone in the MSM.  (OR if it does, they’ve so positioned themselves that they can’t talk about it.)”

    Until Obama dons a flight suit and lands on an aircraft carrier with 12′ letters declaring “Mission Accomplished,” then guys like Andrew Card (who organized that premature exclamation) and other conservatives really don’t have much ground for criticism.  I’ve heard about a red carpet strut to deliver the news and his mentioning the word “I” too many times.  But any semi-neutral observer would have to say that this is nothing compared to what the Bush team did with taxpayer funds and a very large navy vessel.  Surely, even the most partisan person can stop, take a breath and survey the comparison.  If your criticism amounts to, “the liberals are doing it, so it is wrong no matter what,” then it is hard to take it seriously.  This comes close to sounding like that.
     
    “In the course of this “not spiking the ball” victory lap has he once offered America’s – on whose behalf he claims to speak – thanks to the Bush Administration?  No – the classless little gutter-snipe has not.  And if he lives to be 7,000 years old such a three-second display of manners and graciousness will never occur to him – as he demonstrates every day.”

    The old Bush guys–all 11 of them–were working the media last weekend saying how Bush had done more than Obama to catch and kill OBL.  Obama put only one guy, Tom Donolin, out there, and his message was that the processes in place were consistent over two administrations and that is why we got him.  I think the President has been much more balanced and fair about this than Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Feith, Yoo, and the rest of the gang of conservatives trying to distance the current President from his due credit.
     
    “Currently the MSM is touting the idea that Obama is getting a 60% approval rating.  Maybe he is – among them – but I live int he real world these days, and I don’t buy it.”

    Did you believe those same MSM polls last month, when his approval rating was about 15 points lower?  Funny how conservatives only cite the polls when they say what they want to hear.  THe rest of the time, they are apparently being falsified, since it is impossible for this President to have good approval ratings, since only conservatives are in touch with “reality” and the “real world.”  Interesting theory of reality.

    “This crowing and preening and prancing around over Bin Laden is gutter-snipe behavior – and I don’t believe the American people think it’s 60% fine.  The price of gas has doubled since Obama took office – I don’t think the American people think that’s a good thing to the tune of a 60% approval rating.”

    And since when does the President set gas prices?

    “The housing market is shot to hell and heading for a double dip disaster – I doubt 60% of the American people think that’s worthy of approbation.”

    And which Presidents allowed the housing bubble to wreak such havoc?  I believe that Obama came in after we experienced a once-a-century crash, not before…

    ” Along with gasoline, food prices are only heading on one direction – I’ll lay a sizable bet the American people aren’t 60% approving of that.”

    Obama is President of the US, not of Kraft Foods. 
     
    “In short – I don’t buy this poll from the MSM – I think it’s crap.  (I think it’s more than that, but we’re trying to be civil, here.)  And it’s sardonically amusing that they tracked Bush at about a 30% approval rating when gas cost half as much, there was no inflation, food was abundant and cheap, our relations with most of the world were pretty positive, he tried (eight times between 2006 and 2008 he tried) to get Fwank to cut the crap with Fannie and Fweddie – for which he got just about zero credit except from the financial pages and channels.  I doubt Bush was at 30%, just as much as I doubt this little thug is at 60%.”

    So the MSM falsifies the polls…  Or maybe Bush had so inflamed the public that he could have low polling numbers even with not-disastrous gas prices for much of his administration.  And while a bad economy, if it continues, will certainly weigh on Obama’s poll numbers, the country clearly is affording him additional support given his success.  That is similar to the bump that Bush got in ’01, despite a weakening economy, and despite the fact that 9/11 occurred on his watch.  What’s good for the goose is good for the gander…  The polls don’t lie, and they don’t stay still.  They could move down or up, and the economy will have a lot to do with it going forward…but not exclusively, as we’ve just seen.
     
    “The members of the Supreme Court show up at the State of the Union speech, and he publicly, classlessly, insults them.  Gutter-snipe.”

    He didn’t insult them.  He said he disagreed with their ruling and stated why.  Unprecedented behavior?  Yes.  Insulting behavior?  Hardly.  The Citizens United case reflects an insult to stare decisis and has little to support it in the prior case law, but that is a much longer discussion.  The current court has overturned more settled case law than any court since Berger, but at least that court was implementing civil rights, whereas this one is helping the corporate overlords–not quite the same moral justification there, if you ask me.  But I am not on the SCOTUS, so my view doesn’t count.  And neither does the President’s.  But if he wants to state his disagreement, he is fully entitled.

    “He invites Dan Ryan, a serious man with serious things to say about the budget, to his little act on the budget, and insults Ryan in front of the world – in a forum where Ryan cannot answer back.  (He’s also a bold debater, our little hero.)  Classless; gutter-snipe.”

    Wow.  The Republicans have been calling him a socialist and have been goading those that call him unAmerican by refusing to repudiate such language even amongst members of the House.  But he states that Ryan’s budget plan is bogus and horribly regressive, and that hurts Ryan’s feelings?  Ryan ought to throw away the eye-liner and put together a plan that doesn’t make the majority of economists in this country laugh out loud.  THat would be a more important thing to help the country.  When the facts are not only one’s side, one tends to focus on irrelevant considerations (in this climate) like decorum.  it is a dead giveaway.

    ” Yesterday he’s down in Texas mocking and making fun of the people who are asking for some help on the porous border – because they have to live with the shit.  (Oops, sorry.)  He is a class-free zone.”

    How was he mocking those people?  He was mocking the GOP, which is a different group entirely.  He stated, correctly I might add, that he had increased spending on border security, which was the quid pro quo for fast tracking the naturalization process, especially for the most understandable cases of illegals who came here as children (the target of the Dream Act).  Yet the GOP remains unmoved and is shifting the goal posts, which is true.  It is also true that Obama is making a political calculation that he stands to benefit from a big Latino turnout by focusing on the issue although he lacks the votes in Congress, but the day the GOP stops playing politics will be the day you can call the President out for doing the same.  in the meantime, stop saying he insulted people that he didn’t, especially since he’s given them more resources than Bush or Clinton ever did.
     
    “So given that he is what he is – a classless, Chicago thug gutter-snipe – it’s not at all a shock, and shouldn’t be a surprise that garbage like “Common” – gets an invitation to this gang’s white house as part of a gaggle of “poets.” ”

    I love the logic.  Start with false claims and then exaggerate the implication of them to reach and call the President a “thug.”  And you call  him classless…

    ” He advocates killing cops, he supports a cop-killer who ran off to Cuba, he is in favor of killing a former president.  That’s perfect for this bunch – what could be better than that?  Another classless gutter-snipe, he fits in like a piece of a jigsaw puzzle.”

    Guilt by association.  The rapper is not the First Lady is not Obama.  Columbia invited Ahmedinajad to speak, so that makes Columbia University a thuggish college, I guess…
     
    “The MSM has painted itself into such a corner that if any of them did have the wit to see a problem or two here, they’re unable to mention it, because look at all the accumulated crap to which they’ve already issued a pass.  If theyw anted to, they couldn’t say a word.”

    Only if you live in a fact-free zone.
     

  • Charles Martel

    Getting back to the original issue, namely that Michelle Obama would invite a racist, misogynist, cop-killer-defending creep to a White House poetry reading, it does tend to grate the nerves of many decent people.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Remember what Michie over at the Snow House said to us in 2008?

    Obama will never allow you to get back into your comfort zones.

    http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/michelle-obama-barack-will-require-you-to-work/34fa92963222610d6a8334fa92963222610d6a83-880892314671?q=Michelle+Obama+comfort+zones+video&FORM=VIRE1 

    Obama is “ready”.

    Barrack Obama will require you to work. He will demand that you shed your cynicism. That you will move out of your comfort zones. Barack will never allow you to get back to your lives as usual.

    Remember that, Marty?

    And she’s doing it.

  • kali

    abc, you seem to be continuing an argument from another post. I was responding to your comment to *this* one by arguing that supporting free speech, and being disgusted by how people use that right to free speech, are not mutually exclusive. What Book offered in *this* post was her opinion of the content of that speech, and her opinion of people who listen to it with apparent satisfaction.
     
    But then, in reading the text, I could have missed a great deal of subtext. And nuance.
     
     

  • abc

    kali, so we only have to be logically consistent within each post.  I see.

  • Danny Lemieux

    I kinda like Charles M’s point about “e-patee-ing the bourgeoisie”. Foie-gras on toastettes…hmm, hmm good! With Veuve Clicquot, of course.

  • Gringo

    abc
    Guilt by association.  The rapper is not the First Lady is not Obama.
    What would your reaction be if  a President  belonging to the Republican Party had invited someone to the White House who had written  similar things about a President  belonging to the Democratic Party? What would your reaction be if a President belonging to the Republican Party had invited  David Duke to the White House? (This is hypothetical, as David Duke has shown more in common in recent years with Democrats, as David Duke, John Kerry, and Nancy Pelosi all made separate pilgrimages to Damascus to proclaim to Assad Jr. their opposition to  Dastardly Dubya’s policy of toppling a neighboring dictator.).

    Columbia invited Ahmedinajad to speak, so that makes Columbia University a thuggish college, I guess
    Given the very uneven picture of “free speech” on the Colombia campus, that might be a valid view. Have thug Ahmadinajad speak, but withdraw invitations to those whom Muslims groups do not like. From American Thinker:


    Nonie Darwish, the executive director of Former Muslims United and author of Cruel And Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law, was scheduled to speak at Columbia and Princeton Universities last week, but both events were canceled under pressure from Muslim groups on campus.
    Remember, we are talking about Columbia University, where Ahmadinejad was welcomed like a returning king.
     
    Have thug Ahmadinajad speak, but permit disruption of a speech by  Jim Gilchrist of the Minuteman Project, invited by the Columbia University College Republicans. From Volokh Conspiracy:
     
    Jim Gilchrist, the Aliso Viejo accountant who co-founded the Minuteman Project, was forced offstage seconds into his speech at Columbia University on Wednesday night by students who said his anti-illegal immigration message was not welcome in New York.
    Gilchrist, who was invited by the Columbia University College Republicans, was unharmed but was unable to continue speaking as planned and was forced to leave the stage after an altercation with students….
    The Columbia melee began after two students rushed from behind the stage toward Gilchrist and unrolled a banner that read in Spanish, English and Arabic, “No One Is Illegal.”
    Seeing the two, others in the audience ran toward the stage, including about two dozen who managed to get onto the 3-foot-high platform, past security guards and ropes, where Gilchrist was only a few words into his speech.
    The lectern was knocked over and Gilchrist fell back, smashing his reading glasses.
     
    Thuggish would appear to be accurate description of  Columbia. Handsome is as handsome does.
     
    By your use of the word “thug” you implicitly agree that the Obamas had invited a thug to the White House.  In performing the duties of their office, Presidents have to deal with thugs who masquerade as heads of state, such as Mubarak or Ahmadinejad. It is another thing entirely to invite a thug to the White House who masquerades as a creative artist.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/11/free_speech_silenced_at_columb.htm
     
    http://volokh.com/posts/1160167251.shtml

  • Danny Lemieux

    That Columbia is a thug university is not news, Gringo. 

    Recall the violent demonstrations against conservative speakers to prevent them from speaking (aided and abetted by the Columbia administration), or Columbia U.’s open and gracious welcome to Nazi representatives during the 1930s.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    It’s not that hard to find hypocrisy on the Left. You just have to wait and watch. A through Z. Watch them all.

  • Charles Martel

    Danny, speaking of champagne. . .

    Californians have had pretty good luck with the bubbly. Several major French champagne houses have vineyards here in the best wine growing regions, and while the California versions lack the aristocratic complexity of their French cousins, they do have a delightful fruity zaftigness that sets them apart.

    There’s even an upstart place, Thornton Winery in Temecula, waaaay the hell down toward San Diego, that’s producing methode champenoise bubbly. Haven’t read any tasting notes on it, but you have to admire folks who live in a semi-desert for trusting their grapes enough to try creating something as complex as champagne-style wine.

    Or, as Common might say, “Yo, you gotta hand it to those honky mofos.”

  • Danny Lemieux

    Actually, Charles M, my favorite bubbly is made by a Frenchman in New Mexico, called “Gruet”. Also really like Californian Scharffenberger champagnes. These are champagnes with personality.

    I’ll have to look for the Thornton Winery champagnes. They sound interesting!

  • Charles Martel

    Danny, this country never ceases to amaze me. Champagne from New Mexico. That news makes my day!

  • 94Corvette

    There is an old cliché about being known by the company you keep. Be it Bill Ayers, Rev. Wright or Common this President has shown us who he is. He is racist, mean spirited, a tiny person, a petty, vindictive man-child who, when he does not get his way, belittles and demeans those who have the courage to disagree with him. abc – I am a Texan and you have no idea of the damage that the wild fires have done to everyday people here. One of the major benefits of the disaster declaration would be in the ability of those affected to take deductions for their losses this next year. Yet, it was more important to BHO to pander to illegal aliens and raise campaign cash than to express concern to those affected. True, he visited the Tuscaloosa area following the tornado but there are huge areas of the Midwest where the flooding from the Mississippi and its tributaries have devastated thousands of square miles and have affected millions of residents.
    We have unemployment, inflation, fuel prices that are bankrupting us all and instead of helping, he punishes.
    He’s got his boot
    On our throat
    Our nation is sinking
    Like that Titanic boat
    But partying is the priority today
    Deficits, so what, our children will pay
    With every pronouncement made by Holder
    The terrorists will only get bolder
    So hunker down and save what you can
    And maybe we’ll survive the reign of ‘da man’

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Obama knows that it is fun for him to make Americans suffer. But he’s lazy and thus prefers to make people suffer by doing nothing rather than doing something like work.

    When an American dies or suffers due to Obama’s actions and inactions, watch his face. There’ll be a true fat grin on it.

  • Charles Martel

    I want to come to Obama’s defense. Much has been made of his propensity to head off to Camp David or a golf course at the seeming drop of a hat—thus the libels and slanders that he is lazy.

    Does it occur to any of you troglodytes that the man exhausted himself before he even ascended to the presidency? The brilliant series of legal briefs he penned while heading up the Harvard Law Review are the works of a man who gave his all, including his physical robustness. True, we have not been privileged to read any of them, but I have been emphatically reassured by the CEO of Chuck E. Cheese, who told me at the World Economic Forum in Davos, “They’re real and they’re spectacular.” 

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Marty, his wife writes a better thesis than Barack.

  • Wolf Howling

    What does one have to chant about to earn the title of “controversial rapper”?
    Not to be too cynical, but might I suggest “stay in school,” “marry your baby momma,” “speak English,” etc.  Actually, Common appears to be another rapper in the genre of Kenye West.  He grew up in an upper middle class background, attended Church of a sorts, and now is rapping about popping off Uzi’s, ho’s and killing cops.  In other words, as we used to the military, there goes a man with an alligator mouth and a tweetie bird ass.

  • Gringo

    Zachriel, what would your opinion of Barack Obama being described as “magic Negro?”

  • Charles Martel

    Gringo, careful. Zach does not have opinions, only other people’s conclusions (via Wiki and his fellow boilerplaters). His reply will consist of:

    —A quick recitation of the origin of the description in Dukakisese

    —A citation of the objections raised to the description

    —A condemnation of Limbaugh/conservatives for even using the epithet

    —Probably a snarky rhetorical question to end his non-responsive response

  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    Gringo: what would your opinion of Barack Obama being described as “magic Negro?”

    Spike Lee invoked the term to refer to black characters in film who arrive to help the white hero, often with mystical wisdom or powers. Lee wasn’t using the term as a compliment to the insights of Hollywood, by the way, but as a stereotype. The concept was applied by David Ehrenstein to Obama in the same vein, as a commentary on how people view Obama in terms of race. Ehrenstein rejects Obama’s presidency.

    Later, of course, the idea was exaggerated for shock effect with “Barack, the Magic Negro”.

  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    To be clear, Spike Lee’s analysis has some value (though in itself the generalization can tend to diminish real cinematic accomplishments).

    As for Ehrenstein’s thought that “most white Americans, desire a noble, healing Negro”: After all is said and done, most people voted for their hopes. That Obama was perceived by many as a non-threatening black certainly helped him transcend racial lines, but it would be wrong to say that a great many people voted for him simply for that reason. Obama may have represented their hopes, and those hopes may have included being able to transcend race, but hopes about other things were certainly important. 

    “Barack, the Magic Negro” was racist, clearly meant to shock the listener. 
     

  • Danny Lemieux

    Z spouts in purple apoplexy: “Barack, the Magic Negro” was racist, clearly meant to shock the listener.

    Hmm….”listener”? Of whom, pray tell? Let’s think about the origin of that phrase, from whence could it have come?

    I know, let’s try Googling “Barack the Magic Negro Los Angeles Times 2007″.  Whoa…lookee here! Imagine how anybody could do a satirical riff on this to the tune of “Puff the Magic Dragon” during an election campaign.

  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    Danny Lemieux: I know, let’s try Googling “Barack the Magic Negro Los Angeles Times 2007″.  Whoa…lookee here! Imagine how anybody could do a satirical riff on this to the tune of “Puff the Magic Dragon” during an election campaign.

    Yes, we discussed Ehrenstein’s article above, which concerns white attitudes towards blacks. The song is an attempt at juvenile humor and mangles the metaphor.

  • Danny Lemieux

    Apparently many of us Juvees thought that it was hilarious parody of the sentiments expressed in the article. Ah well, one man’s wine is another’s vinegar.

    However, you didn’t put it in those terms…you said it was r-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a…cist!”

  • Charles Martel

    QED, folks. Martel calls The Swarm’s m.o. to a tee.

  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    Danny Lemieux: However, you didn’t put it in those terms…you said it was r-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a…cist!”

    That the phrase was originally used by someone else doesn’t mean that Rush playing it over and over again wasn’t racist.

    {to the tune of ‘Puff the Magic Dragon’}
    Oh, Barack the Magic Negro, lives in D.C.
    The L.A. Times, they called him that
    ‘Cause he’s black, but not authentically.

  • Gringo

    Zachriel, what do you think of the term “Black Jesus” applied to Barack Obama?

  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    Gringo: what do you think of the term “Black Jesus” applied to Barack Obama?

    Never heard of it. It would probably be taken ironically. 

  • Charles Martel

    Danny, you must understand that the Zachs and other moralists like them are the gatekeepers who get to tell us how many times Rush is allowed to play the parody before it becomes r-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-c-i-s-t.

  • Mike Devx

    Rush Limbaugh really likes Herman Cain.
    Herman Cain’s skin color is black.
    Rush also likes Col. Allen West. A Lot.
    Col. Allen West’s skin color is black.

    Conclusion: Rush Limbaugh is a racist.

    ???

  • Charles Martel

    Mike, Mike, Mike. . .

    He is a racist because he supports obvious race traitors like Cain and West. Once you realize that neither Oreo is authentically black, it stands to reason that a cunning white manipulator like Rush can fool either man into believing the most outlandish things.

  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel
  • Mike Devx

    In addition to Cain and West, other blacks in the Oreo Hall Of Fame whom I admire are Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas, Walter Williams, and all of those millions – yes, they’re out there – who wake up every morning and put in an honest day’s work and stand by their woman AND the baby they created and didn’t abandon.  

    Ooops, there’s my Western white patriarchal paternal oppression kicking in again!  How dare I judge all of those others, white and black and whatever, who don’t stand by their woman and the child or children they helped create?  And I loathe 99% of rap music, most of which is derivative and hostile and demeaning towards women, I mean, bitches and ho’s.  That surely makes me a racist!

    Rush takes the liberal adoration of “The Magic Black Man” and mocks it with as much joy as he can… and suddenly, he’s a racist.  (I’ll add when I first started listening to Rush, I agreed with him only about a third of the time, but these days I seem to agree 3/4 of the time, and the other 1/4 I think he’s just sometimes pandering…)  but if you listen to him, you know there’s not a racist bone in his body, not a racist synapse in his brain.