From SFist:

Looking to honor the forty-third President of the United States of America, George W. Bush, the recently formed Presidential Memorial Commission of San Francisco is looking to change the name of the Oceanside Wastewater Treatment Facility. It seems the group would like to rename the SF Zoo adjacent facility to the “George W Bush Sewage Plant.”

cross-posted to goodcrimethink

I’m neither happy about nor proud of my newly-distasteful opinion of former President Bill Clinton. I’ve written previously about this sad transition, so I won’t repeat all that. What I will say is that, like Hillary, Bill had other choices available to him during this campaign, and he has chosen the low road all too often.

He’s also getting caught more easily in 2008 than ever was possible 10 years ago. Let’s look at these two different Bill Clintons revealed within four days of each other.

March 26th, Bill Clinton says:

“If a politician doesn’t wanna get beat up, he shouldn’t run for office,” he said. “If a politician doesn’t wanna get beat up, he shouldn’t run for office. If a football player doesn’t want to get tackled or want the risk of an a occasional clip he shouldn’t put the pads on.”

Tell that to your wife, dude!

She’s done nothing but whine and complain throughout this entire season since her dominating lead started to slip. She talks about how hard it is and tears up. She complains about the boys club, about how guys are piling on. She moans about how this state and that state don’t count, about how caucuses are unfair. She rips the media at every opportunity, complaining of sexism and unfair coverage. She had the nerve to argue that getting to speak first in a debate is somehow a problem!

Just stop yer bitchin! Saddle up, and fight, but stop bitchin about every little thing all the damn time.

As an Obama supporter, I’ve done my fair share of complaining (especially about racial issues), but my candidate has not. He doesn’t threaten press people and dismiss contests he’s lost and rally black people the way she relies on women to rescue her. He just keeps on campaigning.

This past weekend, another Bill Clinton emerged in California:

The Bill Clinton who met privately with California’s superdelegates at last weekend’s state convention was a far cry from the congenial former president who afterward publicly urged fellow Democrats to “chill out” over the race between his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Barack Obama.

In fact, before his speech Clinton had one of his famous meltdowns Sunday, blasting away at former presidential contender Bill Richardson for having endorsed Obama, the media and the entire nomination process.

“It was one of the worst political meetings I have ever attended,” one superdelegate said.

According to those at the meeting, Clinton – who flew in from Chicago with bags under his eyes – was classic old Bill at first, charming and making small talk with the 15 or so delegates who gathered in a room behind the convention stage.

But as the group moved together for the perfunctory photo, Rachel Binah, a former Richardson delegate who now supports Hillary Clinton, told Bill how “sorry” she was to have heard former Clinton campaign manager James Carville call Richardson a “Judas” for backing Obama.

It was as if someone pulled the pin from a grenade.

“Five times to my face (Richardson) said that he would never do that,” a red-faced, finger-pointing Clinton erupted.

The former president then went on a tirade that ran from the media’s unfair treatment of Hillary to questions about the fairness of the votes in state caucuses that voted for Obama. It ended with him asking delegates to imagine what the reaction would be if Obama was trailing by just 1 percent and people were telling him to drop out.

“It was very, very intense,” said one attendee. “Not at all like the Bill of earlier campaigns.”

When he finally wound down, Bill was asked what message he wanted the delegates to take away from the meeting.

At that point, a much calmer Clinton outlined his message of party unity.

“It was kind of strange later when he took the stage and told everyone to ‘chill out,’ ” one delegate told us.

“We couldn’t help but think he was also talking to himself.”

When delegate Binah – still stunned from her encounter with Clinton – got home to Little River (Mendocino County) later in the day – there was a phone message waiting for her from State Party Chairman Art Torres, telling her the former president wanted him to apologize to her on his behalf for what happened.

Still, word of Clinton’s blast shot all the way back to the New Mexico state Capitol, where Richardson spokesman Pahl Shipley reiterated Tuesday that his boss had never “promised or guaranteed” Bill and Hillary his endorsement.

I hate to see the Clintons self-destruct like this, but I’m glad it’s happening now, before they end up in the White House again. Can you imagine, I mean really imagine what four years of these people will be like? They will accept no responsibility for any wrongdoing, for any mistakes. It’s always, always someone else’s fault.

Ready on Day One, to pass the buck.

Obama will bring scandal and disappointment to be sure, but it will be different scandal and new disappointments. I prefer that over the sniveling Clintons any day.


In an unusually frank interview on Canadian public radio, CBC, Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver of Kansas City — a Hillary supporter and superdelegate — gives a sense of how tenuous Clinton’s hold on many black superdelegates is.

“If I had to make a prediction right now, I’d say Barack Obama is going to be the next president,” he said just after 18:00. “I will be stunned if he’s not the next president of the United States.”

He doesn’t back off his support for Clinton, and has criticism for Obama:

“He is articulate – in the black tradition, he would probably be mediocre, but in White America…” he said, a bit dismissively, of Obama’s speaking style, going on to joke about the word “articulate.”

I just want someone to point out to me consistent Obama Female Supporters who denigrate Hillary the way that ALL the HHH seem to strike at Obama.

Rest of post at link above.


UPDATE: My Fellow Blogger, Jack Turner, has more info on the interview, and Jack says that I should give Cleaver half a break. My response to that is…if this were an ISOLATED INCIDENT, maybe I would.

But, as I’ve said before..

When things are neither ISOLATED nor INCIDENTAL..

They form a PATTERN….

And, the PATTERN that I’ve seen consistently from HHH, beginning with that South Carolina State Senator Ford…

Is that they can NEVER seem to resist the chance to insult and/or denigrate Obama.

NOT his policy positions..


And, I’m past trying to ‘ understand’.

So, here is some more info that Jack found from the interview, along with his comments:

demonstration of how we do in fact have two americas
“wright reflects in his sermons in his theology what is experienced by many african americans”
“i think many african americans live vicariously through the expressions of jeremiah wright”
“it is an overreach to declare that sen. barack obama is satan’s first cousin because [of the comments of his pastor]“

should obama have shunned the church?
“i have some appreciation for the fact that barack obama joined that church.”
“that church has a long and rich history of being actively involved in the betterment of the chicago black community”
“this church does more than whip up people’s spiritual emotions on sunday…they are actively involved in improving the community”

“we have now started measuring everyone by something we say is excluded from public life, that is religion”
“you are measured on your religion, and i think that’s sick”

why clinton
1) long history with the clintons. my youngest son has jogged with her. it’s a friendship
2) i believe she would be the best president

“i don’t know senator obama.”


Jack Turner’s Thoughts:

What Cleaver was very open and honest about is that a lot of these early black Clinton supporters chose her out of simple loyalty. They didn’t know Obama, but they also didn’t BOTHER to get to know him before making their judgments.

Clinton was the safe bet. She’s married to Bill. It was easy. Now many of them are in an awkard position.

Where many have messed up is in slamming Obama relentlessly and unfairly. Or they go out and promote Hillary based on weak arguments. It’s their only choice, though. They had no strong arguments FOR her other than the fact that they “knew” her and she was the safe bet.

They bet wrong, and now it’s biting many of them in the ass.

Howard Fineman ventures forth, and Chris Matthews responds in between servings of airborne spittle:

On the March 31 edition of MSNBC’s Hardball, discussing Sen. Barack Obama’s bowling performance at a March 29 campaign stop at Pleasant Valley Lanes in Altoona, Pennsylvania, MSNBC political analyst Howard Fineman asserted, “[I]f you can’t do something like that, you shouldn’t do it. He should have stuck to shooting hoops — which he’s very, very good at, by the way, and which translates racially, too, especially during the NCAA basketball tournament. Don’t do something you’ve never tried before in front of a national television audience, OK?” Addressing MSNBC political analyst Michelle Bernard, host Chris Matthews responded, “You know, Michelle — and this gets very ethnic, but the fact that he’s good at basketball doesn’t surprise anybody, but the fact that he’s that terrible at bowling does make you wonder.” While showing the video of Obama’s bowling, Matthews asserted, “[I]t isn’t the most macho form there.”

Wonder what, exactly? I’m really asking, because I have no idea what Matthews is wondering about.

I am glad to see our media is focusing on the important issues in the presidential campaign. Next up, does Barack Obama like fried chicken? And is it because he’s black? Because I hear black people LOVE fried chicken, and it might “translate racially.”

UPDATE: Forgive me if I think that the attempt to focus on Obama’s lack of bowling talent might be a way for some to deal with racial and gender anxiety about Obama’s ability to excel in other arenas. But it’s hard not to see it that way with comments like the ones above, and this one here:

During the March 31 edition of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist repeatedly mocked Sen. Barack Obama’s bowling performance — which Scarborough called “dainty” — at a March 29 campaign stop at Pleasant Valley Lanes in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Deriding Obama’s score, he said: “You know Willie, the thing is, Americans want their president, if it’s a man, to be a real man.” Scarborough added, “You get 150, you’re a man, or a good woman,” to which Geist replied, “Out of my president, I want a 150, at least.”

Later in the show, after NBC political analyst Harold Ford Jr. said that Obama’s bowling showed a “humble” and “human” side to him, Scarborough replied, “A very human side? A prissy side.”

It’s true. And has any film better confirmed bowlers as the paragon of masculinity better than The Big Lebowski:

Maybe Obama just doesn’t bowl well during Shabbas.


Here’s an article for you:

Top 10 Myths Keeping Hillary in the Race

Just some evening reading for you….


Hillary is so full of it.

First, the little girl who greeted Hillary (in the welcoming ceremony that didn’t happen) is thoroughly disappointed in Senator Clinton.

From the NY Post

The Bosnian girl who famously read a poem to Hillary Rodham Clinton during her 1996 visit to the war-torn country is shocked – and her countrymen infuriated – that the former first lady claimed to have dodged sniper fire that day.

Emina Bicakcic, now 20 and studying to become a doctor, told The Post she stood on the tarmac at the air base in Tuzla, greeted Clinton and even had time to share the lines of verse she’d written – all without fear of attack from an unseen enemy.

Second, the Air Force pilot (Ret. Col. William “Goose” Changose) who flew her in can be heard in this exclusive interview with radio host Rusty Humphries describing the flight and the events. It’s a very well-conducted interview examining each of her (mostly false) claims.

So she repeatedly lied about the sniper fire, the approach, the welcoming ceremony and being the first high-level American to visit post-Dayton peace accords. I just can’t let this sniper fire story go, mostly because I wrote this blog post while enduring an evasive landing in the midst of a war zone under intense sniper fire.

Fellow blogger and JJP reader Ryan Barrett would like you to know that Hillary had best watch her back in Pennsylvania cuz Obama is on the rise. She’s also got an interesting piece on why Obama speaks to her personally called Interracial Like Me.

* According to the latest Rasmussen poll, Obama has cut Hillary’s lead to 5. Now I know all polls say different things, but sometimes a trend is a trend. Her lead is shrinking, now matter which way you slice it.
* And it’s shrinking despite the fact that Obama has just undergone a pretty trying few weeks, not to mention the fact that Hillary’s backed by both the African-American mayor of Philly and the governor of the state. Tough stakes to overcome, but Obama’s doing it.
* Pennsylvanian superdels have tended to go for Clinton. But well-respected Sen. Casey just broke that trend.
* Democrat voter registration is way up in PA. And the numbers favor Obama. Here’s a particularly compelling nugget: Since the beginning of the year, 86,711 Republicans and independents have switched affiliations, and in just the last three weeks 34,104 new voters registered as Democrats. Significantly, 64 percent of those who changed parties were in the 12 largest counties — urban areas that have large African-American and educated white populations, demographics that are Obama’s strength. (from Politico)
* Just watching Op-Eds in Philadelphia major publications, it’s clear that sentiment is shifting to favor Obama. While just a few weeks ago, it seemed Philadelphians were wary of him, now whenever I read the Opinion section (daily), 9 times out of 10 there are letters either singing his praise or questioning Clinton. Just look at a few letters from yesterday’s Philly Daily News.

And little anecdotal stuff from yours truly:

I have several friends who are registered in PA but are living out-of-state. All of them have sent in their absentee ballots for Obama. I only know one Pennsylvanian voting for Clinton.

A family member of mine works at a large Philadelphia university. She recently discovered that the majority of her co-workers are Obama supporters – people she thought were surely for Hillary.

I’m making the 6-hour trek from Boston to Philly – to see family, drive around Ardmore, and vote for Obama.

Now of course, all of this is coming from an outspoken Obama supporter. One that understands PA will be a tough battleground for him. I’m going to do everything I can to help Obama pull off an upset, but, in my mind, if Clinton wins by a margin of 10 or smaller it will be a win for Obama – considering she led him by over 20 just a few months ago.

Ryan’s take: all Obama has to do it bring his economy plan and his ill bball skillz to the middle of the state and he’s got PA on lockdown ;)

Please email me at jjpolitics at asap. Thanks!

Much love, much love to our brother Wayne Hicks over at Electronic Village who just released the Top 10 Black Blogs in the BBR today. Jack and Jill Politics — thanks to you — has climbed to number 9. He mentions Jack and myself yet this blog wouldn’t be growing without the mighty, mighty contributions of rikyrah and dNA.

Many of the blogs in the Villager’s Black Blog Rankings (BBR) Top 20 are regular reads for me (as is Electronic Village). This list is important because it shows we are here. We’re online. And we can’t be ignored.

When Wayne first started the list, he was tracking 75 blogs. Y’all, there are now over 1000 black blogs big enough for him to clock in the full report.

Bigger, Blacker, Stronger. Betta Step to It and Recognize…

1. The Bossip: (Authority: 1,194 / Rank: 1,962) – [Entertainment] holds down the BBR #1 slot for the third month in a row. It is worth noting that is the first Black blog that we’ve seen break into the top 2,000 blogs in the world ranking! is a fast growing urban-focused new media property that draws a loyal following of young and influential trend setters who are up to date with what’s hot in society. Top tags for this blog appear to be Quote of the Day and Fill In The Blank. I encourage villagers to give ‘em a tip that they are the #1 Black blog in the universe.

2. Pam Spaulding: Pam’s House Blend (Authority: 1,163 / Rank: 2,057) – [Politics] This is a prolific blog averaging over 110,000 hits per month. Top tags for this blog appear to be Race, Politics, Feminism, Gay and Lesbian. Pam participated in the Take Over America conference with some candid comments on what we can expect for bloggers and blogging after the 2008 election cycle is over.

3. Angel Laws: Concrete Loop (Authority: 1,036 / Rank: 2,519) – [Entertainment] This is a Black celebrity entertainment blog with gossip, music, celebrity interviews, pictures and such. Angel Laws, a 23-year-old college student in Jacksonville, NC, started this blog as a hobby. Top tags for this blog are Candids, New Music Review and Brian’s Music Posts. OK, I’ll bite … who is ‘Brian’?

4. ESKAY: Nah Right (Authority: 787 / Rank: 3,938) – [Entertainment] This is another Black blogger that is steadily moving up in the rankings. Personally, I like the eye candy that has been on this blog since it started in May 2005. However, the top tags for the blog right now are Miscellaneous, Music and Movies. Are there any Nah Right fans out there?

5. Oliver Willis: Oliver Willis (Authority: 633 / Rank: 5,608) – [Politics] Oliver moved into the Top 5 this month! Oliver has been taking flak about his views since he began his blog in April 2005, however, I hope that he will visit our Electronic Village and leave a message at some point as he moves up the list. I guess he’s mad that I took the New York Giants in the Super Bowl (seeing as Oliver is a manic Redskins fan)! Anyhow, his top blog tags are 2008 election, conservatives and republicans.

6. Fresh Crunkjuice: Crunk & Disorderly* (Authority: 626 / Rank: 5,691) – [Entertainment] This gossip blog was created in August 2004. Recently, Fresh Crunkjuice decided to make the move from a site to one that he owns himself, so we anticipate that this entry will begin to fall down the ranking as the readers move over to the newer blog. This blog has admirers in some unusual places. The top tags are ‘Finally Some Good News’ and ‘Why Must I Cry?’

7. Natasha Eubanks: Young, Black & Fabulous (Authority: 603 / Rank: 6,020) – [Entertainment] Natasha is a 25-year old law student in Washington DC. Her blog has been one of the hottest Black celebrity gossip sites on the net since it was created in June 2005. I hope that I have a chance to meet Sis. Eubanks when I travel to Washington DC later this year! Top tags on her blog are Candids, Parties and Rumor Control

8. La Shawn Barber: La Shawn Barber’s Corner (Authority: 486 / Rank: 8,705) – [Social Commentary] La Shawn continues her transition from being a political blogger. Her blog, born in Nov 2003, now writes about faith, culture, digital technology and, occasionally, how these three things intersect. Sis. Barber is an entrepreneur who consults with interested bloggers. I ‘met’ Sis. Barber during NPR Blogger Roundtables that we did in Nov 2007 and Jan 2008. Top tags on her blog are Faith, Pop Culture and Technology.

9. Jack Turner and Jill Tubman: Jack and Jill Politics* (Authority: 471 / Rank: 9,111) – [Politics] – JJP offers a Black bourgeois perspective on American politics. This is a blog that posts multiple times per day with some unique and accurate analysis of the 2008 election cycle. This is one of the fastest moving blogs in our rankings … they moved from BBR #31 in Sep 2007 rankings to current BBR #9. Top tags for this blog are 2008 Democratic Primary, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. This is one of three daily reads for me here in the Top 10!

10. Wayne Bennett: The Field Negro* (Authority: 380 / Rank: 12,092) – [Social Commentary] I should start by saying that I’m not an unbiased observer. In my view, this is the best blog ever written. Period. The Los Angeles Times said it better than me when they interviewed Field last year. Simply stated, I think that you should read this blog every day. Period. NPR News & Notes recently included Field on their blogger roundtable to discuss Obama’s Farrakhan Dilemma. Top tags on this blog are Barack Obama, Pursuit of Happiness and Killadelphia.

HONORABLE MENTION (11-25): What About Our Daughters*, Afro Bella, Young, Black, and Fabulous (blogspot version), Real Talk NY Provides The Latest Hip Hop News, Entre mes Lignes, Keith Boykin, Ill Doctrine, Clutch Magazine, A Hot Mess!, Angry Black Bitch, How To Split An Atom, Love B. Scott, Kenyan Pundit, Rod 2.0:Beta and Mudd Up! (links available at Electronic Village


Obama picks up new endorsement Mon Mar 31, 9:55 AM ET

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AFP) – US Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar has endorsed Barack Obama to become the party’s presidential nominee, adding new pressure on trailing rival Hillary Clinton, Obama’s campaign announced Monday.

Obama “has inspired an enthusiasm and idealism that we have not seen in this country in a long time,” Minnesota Senator Klobuchar said in a statement. She said that he speaks “with a different voice, bringing a new perspective and inspiring a real excitement from the American people.”

“My endorsement reflects both Barack’s strong support in my state and my own independent judgment about his abilities,” Klobuchar said.

“Barack has been a proven agent for change and advocate for middle-class Americans.”

The announcement of support came in the wake of Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey’s endorsement of Obama last week, and Senator Patrick Leahy’s call for Clinton to drop out of the race, saying that there was no way she could win it.

According to Obama’s campaign, Klobuchar is the 64th “superdelegate” to the party’s August convention to endorse the African-American senator since the February 5 Super Tuesday primaries gave him a solid lead over Clinton in regular committed delegates.

Rest of story linked above.

There seems to be a good story coming out with the North Carolina Congressional Delegation…..keep your eyes open.

Obama Wins Texas

31 Mar 2008

This is from the BurntOrangeReport:

This past weekend, the Texas Caucus Conventions were held. And, Senator Obama won it, and combined with his Primary Finish, wound up winning the State of Texas.

Current State of the Texas Primary

Produced by Burnt Orange Report

TX Primary-Chosen Results (March 4)

Primary Delegates

Clinton – 65
Obama – 61
TOTAL – 126

Texas Caucus Chosen Results

Clinton – 30
Obama – 37
TOTAL – 67

Texas Delegate Results TOTAL

Clinton – 95
Obama – 98
TOTAL – 193

Includes the newly-oft-linked-to Ta-Nehisi Coates, Carmen van Kerkhove and professors Glen Loury, Joseph Lowndes and John Skretny.

Check it out.

This is astounding. I peeped this at Politico first, then Pam Spaulding at Pandragon fleshed out more.

From Politico:

Among the debts reported this month by Hillary Clinton’s struggling presidential campaign, the $292,000 in unpaid health insurance premiums for her campaign staff stands out.

Clinton, who is being pressured to end her campaign against Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination, has made her plan for universal health care a centerpiece of her agenda.

From Pam, who also cites Politico

The Clinton campaign is trying to keep its financial operation afloat as it hits the next slew of primaries, but this is bad PR any way you look at it. You can’t sell yourself as a president ready to give hope and help to working families when you stiff small vendors who have made you look good on the road. Even worse, when vendors have contacted the campaign to see when they might be paid, no one responds

The people who put on her Ohio event had voted for her and now regret it.


So let me get this straight. Ms. 35 years of experience, ready on day one, don’t call me Hillary, call me Healthcare Clinton, doesn’t pay her bills, doesn’t pay her HEALTH CARE BILLS!!??

Are You F^%&^ing Kidding Me??

Health care.


I know sleep deprivation and sniper fire can interrupt an otherwise responsible lifestyle, but damn Hillary. Get your ish together.

Cotton pickin, perchance?

Hat Tip to ProgressiveSouth

There are so many people in the Bush Administration resigning in disgrace on any given week that it’s hard to keep track. But Alphonso Jackson’s tenure is particularly notable for its callousness and incompetence.

Perhaps nothing expresses Jackson’s attitude towards his responsibility as housing secretary more than this anecdote, at the bottom of the Times report:

In 2004, less than two months after his confirmation as housing secretary, Mr. Jackson told a House panel that he believed poverty “is a state of mind, not a condition.” Two years later, he said in a speech that he had canceled a contract for a company after its president told him that he did not like Mr. Bush. Mr. Jackson later said he had made the story up.

Actually, poverty is the state of being broke. And under Jackson’s tenure, there are more people broke than ever. Thanks to the Bush Administration’s slow response to the mortgage crisis, the black middle class is losing its most important resources–the homes so many worked so hard to buy, which are now plummeting in value and being lost to foreclosures.

But of course, it’s not just “poverty” that is a state of mind–it must also be “homelessness.” That would explain Jackson’s callous remarks in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, “it’s not going to be as black as it was for a long time, if ever again,” a pretty ominous statement for someone who was at least partially responsible for helping to rebuild homes for residents displaced by Katrina. Jackson was probably still thinking of “homelessness” as a state of mind when he diverted funds earmarked for affordable housing in New Orleans on luxury hotels and casinos.

I suppose you could also refer to “corruption” as a state of mind, especially after Jackson spent his career as HUD secretary hooking up his buddies with lucrative no-bid contracts…it’s kind of hard to imagine anyone in this administration getting in trouble for that though, isn’t it?

The problem is the FBI tend to see corruption as a “crime” rather than a “state of mind”, and they were apparently suspicious after Jackson threatened a developer in Philadelphia with retaliation from the federal government if he didn’t agree to sell one of his properties at a substantial discount.

Jackson’s behavior has led him to a new state of mind today, “resignation”. And if the FBI has a strong case, Jackson might be experiencing a few other states of mind, like “arrest,” “trial,” and “incarceration.”

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