With all due respect, I truly mean that. Just shut up about being nice to this cow.

Stop all the fussing about being willing to work with this heifer. I mean, no one, not even a person as skeptical as me, would protest that you haven’t ran a classy campaign, that you haven’t gone in the gutter as she has; that you have played the game fair and square, and by the rules.

Rules, I might add, she and her ilk created or signed off on.

Shut up about how you’re willing to be friends when this is over. You can’t befriend a rattlesnake. That’s reminding me of your opponent, John McCain, and how he got treated by the Bush Cartel the last time he ran for President. Karl Rove slimed him but good. Even suggested dude had a case of “Jungle Fever” that resulted in his adopted daughter (she’s from Bangladesh, BTW), and that his trophy wife was a drug addict (now that was true).

It has not been until McCain’s run this time that he’s re-embracing Bush. So if it took him eight years before forgiving Bush for some really unforgivable campaign smears, all I’m saying is that you don’t have to be fast on the draw to forgive Hillary, because if the shoe were on the other foot, I could only say I’d remain “open to the idea” of forgiving her.

Even her own husband has accepted the inevitable.

Forgiving her does not mean you allow her anywhere near your campaign. What good would it do? Forget that mess about “healing the party”; if there’s any healing to be done, she should be the one to do it.

She started this mess; she needs to sleep in the bed she made, with Wild Bill right next to her if he’s not in the street looking for another woman.

The media and the GOP are your worries right now. You don’t need Hillary or Camp Clinton to win this thing. And just like the Duke University surgeons cut out most of Sen. Ted Kennedy’s brain tumor (praise God), you need to cut Hillary Clinton out of your vocabulary and concentrate on working past the damage she’s already caused, by concentrating on taking McCain out in the General.

You’re already talking like you’re beginning to do that.

Honestly, do you really want to work with someone who has played the games she has played; who has all but threatened your life as a reason to continue a campaign that was wrapped up back in March?

Do you really want to work with someone who has lackeys like Gerry the Klanswoman Ferraro and Harriet “YouTube Meltdown” Christian in her camp, playing the race and gender card like all get out?

Because you don’t have to work with this harpy. I think in due course, the rest of her camp will willingly get behind you for the greater good, because the longer she shows her unwillingness to work with you, the more people leave her camp anyway, convinced of her mental instability.

Please, Senator Obama. Just Shut UP about Hillary. Shut up about holding out the olive branch to her – how many times have you done that and she’s tried to take that branch and shove it up you know where? How many times have you been conciliatory and she’s rubbed your face in it, either with race-baiting, or trying to steal the nomination you worked hard for?

My God, her machinations have forced you to resign from your home church.

You owe her NOTHING. I repeat, NOTHING!

Okay, all I’m asking is you remain open to the idea, but also remember that you want to heal the division in the Democratic Party. A Division, I repeat, SHE CAUSED. If anyone should be doing the healing, it should be HER.

Remember Joe Lieberman and the division he’s caused in the Democratic Party? Harry Reid allowed him to stick around when he ran for his seat as an Independent who promised to caucus with the Democrats if he won?

You probably seen how that’s working. And Joe hasn’t forgiven any Democrat who got behind the Democratic nominee for his Senate Seat, Ned Lamont. That would include, you, BTW. In fact, every time he votes against the Democratic platform, or threatens to vote with the GOP (and he does it anyway)he continues to hijack the caucus in the Senate. Shoot, he’s even campaigning against you for McCain! Do you think after your “reconciliation” with Hillary, she won’t be tempted to act in similar fashion?

And if this post sounds unforgiving as a Christian, allow me to be human, because any Christian who can offer immediate forgiveness to anyone without wrestling with the human emotions of hurt, betrayal and defense, is either a born liar or delusional. I prefer to say I remain “open to the idea” of forgiving anyone, because that means I haven’t refused to do so. But I also refuse to lie about forgiveness when my emotions and heart haven’t caught up with my brain.

Forgiveness does not mean you allow the person to offend you to have a license to continue their bad treatment. It does not mean you allow them to take you out again.

It does mean drawing a boundary that they can’t cross anymore, and you let them know it.

That’s all I’m saying, Senator. Forgive her because you are a Christian when I last checked. But that forgiveness does not mean you let her back in; she has to earn that.

And, learning of Hillary from this campaign, I don’t think she’s capable of that, even though it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. She lost this primary and is now hell-bound on destroying you. Lock her out until she can’t hurt you, your family, or the Democratic Party anymore.

Feel free to forgive Hillary – just quit giving us indigestion by saying you want to work with her. She doesn’t deserve such reconciliation until she demonstrates she can effect it, and until she does, please shut up about working with her.

Pleeeeeeeease….

This seems like…kind of a big deal:

Hillary Clinton has summoned top donors and backers to attend her New York speech tomorrow night in an unusual move that is being widely interpreted to mean she plans to suspend her campaign and endorse Barack Obama.

But for many of us, this could be just as significant:

Obama and Clinton spoke Sunday night and agreed that their staffs should begin negotiations over post-primary activities, according to reliable sources. In addition to seeking Obama’s help in raising money to pay off some $20 million-plus in debts, Clinton is known to want Obama to assist black officials who endorsed her and who are now taking constituent heat, including, in some cases, primary challenges from pro-Obama politicians.

I’m not sure who’s particularly in danger of losing their seat, but I know a lot of folks here wouldn’t mind some turnover in the CBC. That said, I’d want someone to get voted out because they were doing a bad job rather than simply because they didn’t support Obama. I think that’s a bad look. At the same time I think the idea that black incumbents are in danger solely because of support for Obama is probably overblown.

But I have to ask, if they knew they were going to do this, why all that mess in DC this weekend?

Good Morning!

Hope you had a good weekend.

Well, it’s that time again. To drop those links. Share those stories. Have those debates. Ask those questions.

Share….share…share..with your fellow JJP readers.

And always, have a peaceful day.

Just to double down with what Jack said about the Hillpatine ‘ Popular Vote’ FRAUD, it’s gone beyond what was put in that DailyKos report.

From The Jed Report:

Sun Jun 1, 7:44 PM
Clinton’s dishonest popular vote claim has a new caveat

Hillary Clinton’s “primary” qualifierHillary Clinton claims to have won the so-called popular vote, but if you pay close attention to her words she is now using a critical qualifier: “in presidential primaries.”

Many people won’t notice Clinton’s caveat, but the meaning of her carefully chosen words could not be more clear: her definition of “popular vote” now includes only primary states. In the past, she excluded four caucus states that did not report vote totals: Iowa, Maine, Nevada, and Washington. Now she’s excluding all of them.

By excluding caucus states, Clinton is dismissing the preferences of voters in fourteen states, home to more than 56 million Americans and nearly one in five voters. And by Clinton’s new rules, they might as well have never voted.

As she might say, how can you win in November if you don’t count one-fifth of the Electoral College?

For Hillary Clinton, this has nothing to do with principle. It’s a simple math problem: the only way she can claim any sort of “popular vote” victory is by refusing to count all the votes.

Rest of story at link above.

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That’s right, Brothers and Sisters, now she’s excluding ALL THE CAUCUS STATES. Not just the 4 that didn’t keep Popular Vote statistics.

ALL THE CAUCUS STATES.

FOURTEEN States that had LEGAL ELECTIONS.

Unlike Michigan and Florida.

And, of course, the Soviet-style election of Michigan is included – WHERE OBAMA’S NAME WASN’T EVEN ON THE BALLOT.

What a FRAUD, she is..

A COMPLETE FRAUD.

There’s a wonderful post over at dKos that really breaks down the b.s. behind Clinton’s assertion of a popular vote lead (recognizing that only delegates matter but also recognizing the psychological strength of the popular vote).

I’ve lost most of my desire to respond to every Clinton claim at this point. After all, I don’t respond to Mike Gravel’s statements, and she’s got about as much chance of being president as he does.

However, there’s something nail-scratchingly annoying about these claims of a popular vote lead. It’s just so silly because it requires a highly selective use of numbers.

RenaRF at dKos introduces more appropriate math…

I’m sorry. I simply can’t take some of what I’m hearing on cable news as they cover the Clinton win in Puerto Rico and continue to repeat Clinton campaign talking points in her “rationale” to secure the Democratic Presidential nomination.

In the past three or four hours I have heard Harold Ickes, Terry McAuliffe, and Bill Schneider (CNN political analyst) repeatedly assert that Clinton is winning the popular vote. I have further heard each refer to the 1972 Democratic nominating process, where Humphrey won the popular vote yet McGovern won the delegates, and McGovern was resoundingly shellacked by Nixon (what that has to do with anything, I don’t know, but they’re saying it). Yet there was only one caution, from Anderson Cooper, that Clinton’s popular vote “lead” over Obama comes with substantial caveats on the part of the Clinton campaign. So I’ve done my own math.

The short version. Obama is ahead in a legitimate attempt to count the popular vote.

Shorter version: it’s all about the delegates baby.

BTW, can somebody do a remix with that from “It’s All About The Benjamins?” That would be hot.

h/t Firedoglake

“The Democrats are throwing the election away. For what? An inadequate black male? Who would not have been running had it not been a white woman that was running for president.”

- Harriet Christian, a wee bit dramatic Hillary Clinton Supporter

She really just completely lost it. Thank god this thing is almost over before I end up sounding as crazy as this person.

The folks at Brave New Films have a new documentary project with The Nation magazine called “This Brave Nation.” It will be released in several episodes and features conversations between progressive leaders.

The first episode is below and worth watching (13 minutes). It features Carl Pope (Sierra Club) and Van Jones (Ella Baker Center, ColorOfChange) You can see the full series as it is released over at BraveNation.com

Marc Scheff is a friend of mine from college who’s doing his thing as an artist. He recently wrote and posted this on his website

For the first time in my 31 years, I care about politics. I see a candidate who has the capacity to inspire and motivate people, like I have never seen. There are many like me, who had given up and resigned themselves to a government that is willfully out of touch. I’ve seen these people get up and move because they believe we can do this together, now. Obama is great, but what people are willing to do in his name is nothing short of incredible. That is something in which I do believe.

I created this portrait, and video. Please spread the link, share the youtube, and get out the vote for November.

I think I’ve shared my ambivalence about Senator Obama’s having to quit Trinity United Church of Christ. My colleagues at Black Agenda Report does serious articles featuring sharp analysis that cuts through hailing Barack Obama as someone between the next Ghandi, Great Black Hope, and just merely being a politician.

I believe we all feel we can’t take another four years of anything resembling George Bush’s Administration, regardless of it being Obama or Hillary, though I must admit, if Hillary finds a way to steal the nomination, Hell will have done the unthinkable and will have frozen over, because I’m still not voting for her ass.

But, I received an email from Dr. Boyce Watkins of Your Black World, and I think in this piece, he sums up my ambivalence very nicely. In particular, this:

I was disappointed to hear Senator Obama’s words, but I am not disappointed with Senator Obama, for he is truly between a rock and a hard place. I am most disappointed that our country continues to kill messengers of honesty who offer the social medication necessary for our country to truly achieve racial healing and equality.

Yeah, that about rips it. Enjoy this day, while I head down to Townhouse Tavern and hang out with Donna Edwards’ campaign manager and demand Matt Stoller buys CPL a drink (LOL!

Here’s an open thread to discuss the Primary today in Puerto Rico.

With 98 percent of precincts reporting:

Clinton: 257,331 (68 percent)
Obama: 118,972 (32 percent)

Not even 400,000 votes cast. Far less than the 2,000,000 folks were talking about during the hysteria of the perpetration of the ‘Popular Vote’ Fraud.

From MSNBC’s Chuck Todd:

NBC NEWS has also allocated 45 of 55 delegates in Puerto Rico. Clinton, so far, wins a 31-14 split with 10 delegates not allocated yet.

The NBC NEWS Delegate Counts:
PLEDGED: Obama 1726 to 1618
SUPERDELEGATES: Obama 329 to 293
EDWARDS PL. DELEGATES: Obama 16.5 to 0 (adding the 4.5 from Florida)
OVERALL: Obama 2,071.5 to 1,911

* Obama is 46.5 from the magic number of 2,118. (Clinton needs 207.)

* There are 242.5 total delegates remaining — 41 pledged delegates at stake between today’s contest in Puerto Rico (10 remain) and Tuesday’s primaries in South Dakota and Montana. Plus, 201.5 undeclared superdelegates remaining.

* That means Obama needs 19% of all remaining delegates. Clinton needs 85%.

Sunday Open Thread

1 Jun 2008

Good morning.

Well, yesterday was full of interesting news.

Let’s continue those exciting debates today. I’m sure some topic of interest will come up that catches the eye of our alert readers here at JJP.

So, drop those links. Share that knowledge.

And always, have a peaceful day.

From DailyKos:

Chuck Todd on MSNBC:

You know, there is a big thing we should be getting out of this party tonight, and that is the Democratic National Committee is not somehow controlled by the Clintons. Not by the Clinton campaign any more. We may have started this campaign believing that the Clinton campaign controlled, but this is Barack Obama’s party now. He’s already been winning the outside game, he now won the inside game. Yes it’s true that Harold Ickes can threaten this stuff about the credentials, but Don Fowler really did signal today by being for the Michigan compromise that, “Guys, it’s over.”

That just about says it all.

The Obamas Leave Trinity

31 May 2008

It was really just a matter of time.

ABERDEEN, S.D. — Sen. Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have resigned their membership from Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, their longtime place of worship, according to an aide to the senator. The campaign said it would release a statement shortly, once the Illinois senator has finished a campaign appearance here.

When you run for office, let alone this office, you have to give up much of what you are. It’s part of how race works that white people are seen as individuals, and black people are seen as representing one another as a whole. It’s also true that the black church has always been radical, and that black radicalism has been seen as a threat in a way white radicalism hasn’t. You look at Pat Robertson and company and you realize white radicalism is utterly mainstream in a way that black radical politics never could be, whether they’re even close to as extreme.

But these are the rules we play by in America, and Obama knew that when he signed up.
UPDATE: More from the Post
The resignation came in a letter Obama sent to Trinity United Church of Christ’s Rev. Otis Moss III on Friday, saying, “We are writing to make official our decision to end our membership at Trinity.”

“We make this decision with sadness. Trinity was where I found Christ, where we were married and where our children were baptized,” the letter said.

“But as you know, our relations with Trinity have been strained by the divisive statements of Reverend Wright, which sharply conflict with our own view.”

Obama’s unexpected decision comes after a second controversy involving incendiary remarks from a pastor at the Trinity United Church of Christ, this time the Roman Catholic Rev. Michael Pfleger, who sharply ridiculed Sen. Hillary Clinton in a sermon last Sunday.

Obama scheduled an unplanned news conference Saturday evening here in Aberdeen, after news of the resignation began to spread.

In his news conference, Obama said he and Michelle had been discussing leaving the church since his former pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr.’s theatrical and controversial appearance at the National Press Club in late April.

“It’s not a decision I came to lightly, and it’s one I make with some sadness,” Obama said. But, he added, now that he is a presidential candidate, opponents were using the church’s pastors’ words to criticize him.

He also said his heightened profile was drawing unwelcome attention to the church. “It’s also clear that Reverend Moss and the church have been suffering from all the attention my campaign has visited on them.”

“Our faith remains strong,” Obama said. “I suspect that we will find another church home for our family.”

“I have no idea how it will impact my presidential campaign, but it’s the right thing to do, for my church and for my family,” he said.

Just a few weeks ago, Obama was forced to distance himself from Rev. Wright, after videotapes surfaced of Wright making critical comments about the United States and suggesting AIDS was a U.S. government plot against blacks.

Wright had introduced Obama to Christianity, and one of Wright’s sermons was the inspiration for Obama’s book title, “The Audacity of Hope.”

Trinity Church also released a statement today, made available by Obama’s campaign and signed by the pastor, Rev. Moss, that said, “Though we are saddened by the news, we understand that is a personal decision.”

“We will continue to lift them in prayer and wish them the best as former members of our Trinity community,” the letter said. “We ask now for God’s peace to be with them.”


I know a lot of folks are upset about this, but I don’t see how this isn’t the best decision for all involved.  

UPDATE II: From ABC News, Via DKos:

Sources tell ABC News that Obama felt that as the campaign continued, the media would continue to focus on the church, to the detriment of the church community, that Obama would be held responsible for what happened in the church, and that the Church would be held responsible for his campaign. It would be best, Obama felt, to simply cut ties. He has not yet joined a new church.

Well, today is the day. The meeting of the Rules and Bylaws Committe about settling Florida and Michigan. I know that it’s being shown on C-Span and MSNBC. So, if you’re watching it, talk about it in here.

UPDATE: According to CNN.com, here’s what happened today:

Florida, Michigan get all delegates, but each gets half vote

WASHINGTON (CNN) — After a day of wrangling in front of a sometimes unruly crowd, the Democratic National Committee’s rules and bylaws committee reinstated all of Florida and Michigan’s delegates to its party convention, with each getting a half-vote to penalize the states for moving their primaries earlier than the party had approved.

The move will leave front-runner Sen. Barack Obama’s lead over rival Sen. Hillary Clinton intact.

“This results in Sen. Clinton obtaining a substantial number of additional pledged delegates, but I also understand that many members of the Florida and Michigan delegations feel satisfied that the decision was fair,” Obama said after a campaign event in Aberdeen, South Dakota. “Our main goal is to get this resolved so we can immediately turn the focus of the entire party on winning Florida and Michigan and delivering on the needs of the people in Florida and Michigan — states that are enormously important, states where a lot of people are struggling.”

The Florida decision, which follows the pro-Clinton results of that state’s primary, was greeted by virtually all sides as an acceptable compromise on a thorny issue. But Clinton backers vowed to fight the Michigan decision, which gave the New York senator a 10-delegate edge over Obama in a state where his name didn’t appear on the primary ballot.

“Today’s results are a victory for the people of Florida, who will have a voice in selecting our party’s nominee and will see its delegates seated at our party’s convention,” said a joint-statement from Clinton advisers Harold Ickes and Tina Flournoy. “[But] we strongly object to the committee’s decision to undercut its own rules in seating Michigan’s delegates without reflecting the votes of the people of Michigan.”

With no Michigan or Florida delegates included, Obama led Clinton by 202 delegates.

The committee’s ruling gave Clinton 105 pledged delegates from Florida and 69 from Michigan, with a total of 87 votes.

Obama received 67 pledged delegates from Florida and 59 from Michigan, casting a total of 63 votes.

That tally leaves Obama ahead by the equivalent of 178 delegates.

If each delegate had been granted a full vote, Clinton still would have trailed Obama.

Rest of story at link.

According to DailyKos,

The Magic Number is now 2117.

Obama has 2053.
Clinton has 1876.5.

Obama’s Number to clinch the nomination is now 64.

Inspired by his previous work with will.i.am on the viral web video “We Are The Ones,” acclaimed music producer Andres Levin has united many leading figures of the Latin music and film community in an all Spanish language video in support of Barack Obama.

Song produced by:
Andres Levin

Guitar by:
Alejandro Sanz

Additional music and programming:
Didi Gutman
Good and Evil

Assistant engineer:
Ray Aldaco at Fun Machine

Video produced by:
Scott Spanjich
Pilar O’Leary

Directors:
William Garcia (Miami)
Karen Fischer (NYC)
Christian Suau (Puerto Rico)
Jesse Dylan (Los Angeles)
Bob Teitel (Chicago)

Executive Producers:
Andres Levin
Scott Spanjich

Associate Producer:
Alex Migoya

Talent:
Alejandro Sanz
Paulina Rubio
John Leguizamo
Jessica Alba
Kate del Castillo
Cucu Diamantes (Yerba Buena)
Pedro Martinez (Yerba Buena)
Andres Levin (Yerba Buena)
George Lopez
Luis Guzman
Don Omar
Voltio
Lila Downs
Lin Manuel Miranda
Frankie Needles
Huey Dunbar
Nydia Caro
Ivonne Caro Caro
Brazilian Girls
Carlos Marín and family
Carola Gonzalez
Viva Nativa
Jose Alberti


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