Tavis Smiley and Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Tavis interviews conservative darling and former member of the Dutch Parliament Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Needless to say, Tavis questions and some of his statements have lit up the conservative and Tea Bagger world, who like their forbears in the American West views of Native Americans – “The only good Muslim is a dead Muslim”.

The transcript below is of the interview picked off a Tea Party site. Tavis’ comments (and questions) which seem to have gotten the conservative dander up are in bold.

SMILEY: When you were last here – I’m here every day – (laughter) when you were last here we were starting to have a conversation about your view of Christianity. We’ll come back to that a little bit later in the conversation because I want to pick up on that conversation. I’ve been waiting for months to continue that dialogue.

Before we do that, though, in this book, the new one, you say unapologetically and rather frankly that your mission here is to inform the West about the danger of Islam. What danger do we need to be made aware of? Continue reading

Man Wrongly Convicted Freed After 35 Years

James Bain has a remarkable attitude after being wrongly convicted and imprisoned for 35 years in Florida.

On December 17, 2009, James Bain was freed from prison after postconviction DNA testing proved his innocence of a 1974 rape and kidnapping. At the time of his release, Bain’s 35 years spent in prison was the longest time served by any of the DNA exonerees nationwide.

The Crime

Late on the night of March 4, 1974, the victim was taken from his bedroom through a window to a nearby field and raped by an unknown male. When the victim returned home, he was wearing only a white t-shirt and jockey underwear. The police collected his underwear and sent it to the FBI for serological testing. Continue reading

Everybody Hates Mikkie!

Geez, at this rate the HNIC should get a reality show with his friends the Tea Baggers and Palin…

“Everybody Hates Mikkie” meets the “Sno’ Ho’s of Alaska”…

Laura Bush New Book – She’s Pro Choice AND Pro Gay Marraige!

No wonder she did her damnedest to stay in the shadows while her husband was President…

Cathy Hughes Inteviews Minister Louis Farrakhan

Part of Cathy Hughes’ groundbreaking interview of Minister Louis Farrakhan -

Farrakhan on President Obama -

On Interracial Dating -

The HNIC (AKA “Speedy”) – Weighs In on “Armageddon”

Uncle Mikkie stays the course, pretty much as you’d expect, in defending the overheated and over the top rhetoric of the far right.

Shep is not impressed…

More on Uncle Mikkie in WashPo -

Michael Steele’s disgraceful comments on Tea Party epithets

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele apparently will do anything to stay on the payroll, even if it means sacrificing his identity as a black man and disgracing himself in the process.

Saturday, some participants at the Tea Party rally on Capitol Hill allegedly yelled racial epithets at black members of Congress, hurled a homosexual slur at a gay member of the House and spat on a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

As expected, Tea Party organizers and Republican leaders condemned the behavior — as if they could do anything else. Steele, who loves to tout himself as the first African American chairman of the GOP, entered the fray Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” He also chose to separate himself and the Republican Party not from the Tea Party that he loves, but — referring to the slurs and epithet hurlers — from “idiots out there saying stupid things.”

Steele knows the words he should have used, but he couldn’t bring himself to say them lest he offend the people who put — and keep — him where he is today.

The people who shouted the slurs weren’t “idiots…saying stupid things.”
They were racists and homophobic bigots uttering hateful and inflammatory language. They should have been called out as such.

Steele didn’t go that far because he knows they are part of the conservative base on which his party relies. And so must he, if he wants to keep getting a Republican Party paycheck…or is it 30 pieces of silver?

KKKarl Rove’s Upbringing

My last post was about a Republican closet queen who had been outed by his own drunken actions. KKKarl Rove is on the road shilling his book, one portion of which deals with his difficult upbringing. One part of that is his parent’s divorce, and mother’s subsequent suicide -

“I just wanted to set the record straight, because I mean, again, this was a political attack on me,” Rove told Lauer. “In order to get to me, people had to say ugly things about my parents. I don’t know whether my father was, at the end of his life, gay or not. I just don’t. I don’t think so, but I don’t know … My mother never said to us that their marriage fell apart because my father was gay.”

In his new book, “Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight,” Rove writes:

“I have become an adjective. There is something called a Rovian-style of campaigning and it’s meant as an insult. One columnist said it consists mainly of throwing mud until it sticks. One prominent blogger described the elements of a textbook Rovian race as fear-based, smear-based and anything goes.”

Others, including fellow Republicans, don’t buy Rove’s denials. As Lauer reported, “Roy Fletcher, McCain’s deputy campaign manager, said of the South Carolina smear, quote, ‘This whole thing, it was orchestrated by Rove.’ ”

And Cindy McCain, the senator’s wife, said she would not stab Rove in the back if he walked by her. “I would stab him in the front,” she reportedly said.

Lauer also read a quote from Matt Latimer, a former Bush speechwriter, who wrote of Rove: “He was what all the liberals said he was, the villain. And to make matters worse, a clumsy one at that. He turned out to be less a Voldemort than a Boris Badenov chasing Rocky and Bullwinkle.”

Rove has quite possibly been the most destructive force in American politics since George McDuffie fabricated the “40 Bales of Cotton” fiction supported by John Calhoon which directly led to the Civil War.

Calhoun, a brilliant orator and writer, was a proponent of Republicanism, which he saw as implying slavery, states’ rights, limited government, and nullification.

Were justice really applicable to all people in this country…

Karl Rove would be sitting in a prison somewhere, convicted of treason for his role in outing a CIA Agent, along with a few of his closest co-conspirators.

more about “Karl Rove’s Family Issues“, posted with vodpod

Meet Governor Deval Patrick

Mass. Governor Deval Patrick speaks to the press -

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Up Against The Wall, Ford Motors Gets Inspired

How many years it’s taken to get American Auto Manufacturers to begin to understand the concept that delivered innovation is the key to returning to market dominance? Not just inventing the idea, which Americans are the best in the world at – but actually delivering it into a marketable product…

Where American companies hopelessly trail international competition.

The failure as such, which has brought many venerable American compnies to their knees isn’t a failure of scientists to invent or engineers to engineer well…

It’s specifically a failure at the management level short-sightedness, seeking quick profit over long term stability, sacrificing quality, inability to recognize and embrace innovation, a failure to plan, a dependency on quick fixes and canned solutions – and an over-dependency on automated systems to somehow replace and cover for core management inadequacies and incompetencies…

And Wall Street’s reward of a culture of failure at the executive level.

While the Faux News reporter focuses on the electronic bling, Ford’s CEO Alan Mulally points out succinctly that the company is producing a quality product which can stand toe to toe with any of the foreign companies products…

Quality AND Innovation – aren’t words commonly associated with far to many American companies in the last 30 years.

WTG Ford!

Mulally is an ex-Boeing guy. One of the things Aerospace companies understand is quality engineering in an industry where your failures are going to be splashed very publicly across the news landscape – not to mention real estate with the cost of hundreds of lives. Anything which goes into a commercial airplane gets tested within an inch of it’s life. The it gets tested again, and again.

The Faux News reporter mentions that a Microsoft guy may wind up heading GM. Which offers an interesting question…

Would you rather be flying in an airplane designed by Boeing…

Or one designed by Microsoft? Especially realizing that if that airplane, or any of thousands of critical components in that aircraft fails…

You ass is toast (literally).

An aircraft like Vista, or the 757 which has flown hundreds of millions of miles over 30 years, and to my knowledge never suffered a crash due a mechanical or systems failure?

Think about that hurdling down the highway at 70 miles an hour.

Maybe that’s one of the reasons Ford is projected to return to profitability.

The “Blue Screen of Death”… Indeed.

And no – I currently don’t own or drive a Ford product, nor own stock, or get any recompense from the company. I haven’t owned a Ford product since my venerable pre-owned ’65 and ’68 Mustangs as a youngster…

But I think it’s time to take another look.

Will and Jada Pinkett Smith Interview President Obama

Will and Jada Pinkett Smith interview President Obama after the Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony.  Best part of this is the last half where President Obama talks about his wife, Michelle. Great “politics”, Mr. President!

more about “Will and Jayda Pinkett Smith Intervie…“, posted with vodpod

Chavez and Faux News

Now, my Spanish is a bit rusty – but I believe the interpreter here “cleaned up” a bit of the language for broadcast…

That smell of suphur…

Indeed.

Back to your think tank, Faux News!

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