E-Bay Lady Has a “Black Problem”

Seems California Senate candidate Meg Whitman has a “black problem”…

And a “brown problem”.

Hopefully she loses to the “old guy”! :)

Meg Whitman with Mitt Romney

Whitman Snubs African Americans and Black Media

Hope you were able to TiVo that campaign ad Meg Whitman ran during the primary with her endorsement from former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Because if Whitman continues her strategy of avoiding African Americans, that may be probably the only time you’ll see the former EBay CEO around many other African Americans between now and November election.

African Americans are unhappy with Whitman’s decision to skip this Saturday’s candidate’s forum at the San Francisco Christian Center on black and Latino issues sponsored by the California Foundation. The event, billed as the California Gubernatorial Faith Forum, will not be a debate – but an event where each candidate for Governor and Lieutenant Governor will separately answer questions from an audience of mostly African American and Hispanic church members.

Event organizers said the forum would be an excellent opportunity for the candidates to introduce themselves to African American and Hispanic voters, and to answer questions about race, crime, drugs, discrimination, gentrification, police brutality and other issues important to African Americans and Hispanics not normally asked by the mainstream media or the handpicked (and usually White) audience members at scripted campaign events.

Saturday’s forum will be significant because none of the three debates between Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman announced yesterday will be held in major urban communites. Two of the three debates will be held in the Central Valley cities of Sacramento and Fresno, with the other debate held at Dominician College in Marin County, the richest county in the state where less than two percent of the population is African American. No debates are scheduled for Southern California or any of the state’s largest cities and representatives of Black owned media outlets day it’s unlikely that any reporters from their papers or stations will be on the media panels asking questions of Brown and Whitman during the three debates.

KTVU last week reported that California Foundation forum producers sent invitations to both Whitman and Democratic Party candidate Jerry Brown in May, two months before Saturday’s forum. Brown immediately accepted, but organizers said the Whitman campaign had not scheduled any events for July and would contact the forum’s organizers as soon as Whitman’s July schedule was finalized. The KTVU story said that the Whitman campaign only informed the forum’s producers last week about Whitman’s “scheduling conflict.” The forum will also feature Republican Lt. Governor candidate Abel Maldonado. Forum producer Loren Simon said the Democratic Lt. Governor candidate Gavin Newsom had not yet responded to the group’s invitation.

The Whitman campaign has been criticized for spending millions of dollars on campaign ads while avoiding interviews and press conferences, and staging tightly orchestrated events that provide reporters and the general public with little, if any opportunity to ask Whitman serious and hard hitting questions.

If you watch TV, cable or listen to radio you can’t go more than a half hour without hearing or seeing a Meg Whitman commercial. Whitman’s ads were running non stop months before the June primary and Whitman barely waited a week after her June 8th primary win over state insurance commissioner Steve Poizner before continuing the torrent of campaign commercials. Whitman’s has reportedly spent a record $50 million dollars on TV, radio and print ads with the promise of spending just as much, or more between now and the November election. African American owned media outlet throughout the state say that the Whitman campaign has not spent a dime on radio or print ads with the Black owned media. Continue reading

Another Right Wing Crazy Attacks Cops

Give you 1 guess as to what “News” this guy was watching!

These guys are definitely coming out of the woodwork as Faux News and the Tea Baggers ratchet up the right wing craziness.

Several weapons were collected as evidence in the shootou... Lacy Atkins / The Chronicle

A Number of Guns Were Collected at the Shootout Scene By Police

Angry About Congress Passing ‘Left-Wing Agenda Items,’ 45-Year-Old Parolee Opens Fire On Cops

Yesterday, 45-year-old parolee Byron Williams opened fire on Highway Patrol officers in Oakland, California. After a brief shootout, Williams, who was wearing body armor, was shot and is currently in an emergency room in stable condition at a local hospital.

In an interview with the local news, Williams explained that her son was unemployed, angry at “left-wing politicians,” and upset about Congress “railroading through all these left-wing agenda items.” Williams went on to say that she kept guns in her house which her son stole. She also warned of a coming “revolution”:

She said her son, who had been a carpenter and a cabinetmaker before his imprisonment, was angry about his unemployment and about “what’s happening to our country.” Williams watched the news on television and was upset by “the way Congress was railroading through all these left-wing agenda items,” his mother said. […]

Janice Williams said she kept the guns because “eventually, I think we’re going to be caught up in a revolution.” But she said she had told her son many times that “he didn’t have to be on the front lines.”

ACORN Pimp Sued

Looks like the ACORN Pimp may be paying out more than just the ass in his abbreviated prison stay…

This article is short on the legal ramifications, but while the ACORN Pimp, James O’Keefe and his accomplices have escaped further criminal prosecution – they are liable for defamation, and the loss of jobs by ACORN employees. The accomplices in this case not only include the “Ho'” who worked with O’Keefe, but possibly Brietbart (and others) who apparently financed their “operation” – as well as Faux News who promoted the tapes even when substantial evidence emerged that they were fake.

Now – if some aspiring young lawyers really want to have some fun – what I would suggest is taking a look at the local Public Utilities Commissions and FCC to check on what remediation is possible against Public Service broadcasters knowingly broadcasting false and defamatory material

Former ACORN employee sues O’Keefe and Giles

A former ACORN employee in San Diego who lost his job after being filmed giving advice to “ACORN pimp” James O’Keefe is suing the amateur videographer and his partner, Hannah Giles, San Diego CityBeat’s Dave Maas reported Friday.

Juan Carlos Vera was one of a number of ACORN employees who in the summer of 2009 was secretly filmed giving advice to O’Keefe and Giles, who were posing as a pimp and prostitute with plans to bring underage prostitutes to the US from Latin America.

In a lawsuit (PDF) filed in a California court this week, Vera argues O’Keefe and Giles broke the law when they taped their conversation inside the ACORN office. California is one of about a dozen states where conversations can only be recorded if all parties to it agree. Vera is seeking $75,000, plus unspecified “special damages.”

San Diego CityBeat reports that California Attorney General Jerry Brown cleared Vera of wrongdoing in a report earlier this year. Brown found that, though Vera appeared sympathetic to the “pimp and prostitute” during the taped meeting, he immediately notified the police of the conversation. Brown’s investigation also found that the O’Keefe videos were “significantly edited.”

The shocking prospect of ACORN employees aiding in human trafficking prompted Congress to de-fund the group last year, a move that was later ruled unconstitutional. And a report from the Government Accountability Office, released earlier this year, found no evidence of wrongdoingon the part of ACORN, which received some $40 million in federal funding from 2005 to 2009.

The New Oil and Water – Hispanics and Republicans

Republicans got a Gulf Sized political oil spill going on right now with Hispanic voters. Arizona’s anti-brown folks Law, and increasingly shrill anti-Hispanic trumpeting by Republicans on every soapbox they can find – and the Hispanic vote is going the way of the black vote…

For the same reasons.

The implications here could be devastating to the Republican Partty. Most likely it means a generation or more of losses in California. It also puts Florida up from grabs, and may tilt it firmly Democrat…

And if the Justice Department ever gets around to cleaning up the Tom Delay era disenfranchisement of 3 million Hispanic voters – Caesar Chavez could well wind up on the front cover of the next Texas History Book, instead of the KKK.

The other interesting thing about this article is it from the Wall Street Journal. This isn’t exactly “liberal” territory, with the WasJ over the past 15 years having fallen to being little better than Faux News in print or Newsmax in ink. When the news that Hispanics don’t like Republican hate penetrates these “hallowed” halls – it’s a 5 Alarm Fire!

From 1988 to 2008, the number of eligible Hispanic voters rose 21 percent — from 16.1 million to 19.5 million. Turnout by Hispanic voters has traditionally been atrocious.

Hispanic Voters Drift From GOP

Don't Want Your Kind Elected Here!

California Hispanics who registered to vote since the last midterm election are less likely to be Republican than those who registered just four years earlier, according to an analysis of party affiliation released Friday.

The report by the nonpartisan National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, or Naleo, also shows Hispanics—the fastest-growing voter bloc—are increasingly prone to register as independent, mirroring the trend among all voters.

Among California Latinos who registered between the 2002 and 2006 midterm elections, 23% were Republican, 50% were Democrats and 23% declined to state. More recently, GOP affiliation among Latinos has begun to slip. For those who registered since the 2006 midterm vote, only 16% are Republicans, 56% are Democrats and 24% declined to state an affiliation. For non-Latino voters, the figures are 24% Republican, 44% Democrat and 26% independent since 2006.

Naleo officials and political analysts said the shift could be accelerated by Republican campaign rhetoric championing a get-tougher approach toward illegal immigrants. The top two candidates in California’s GOP gubernatorial primary, for example, have courted conservative voters by flooding the airwaves with ads calling for tighter borders and stricter laws.

“Even longtime Republican Latinos are unhappy with this emotional rhetoric,” said Lionel Sosa, a media strategist on the Hispanic vote for seven GOP presidents. “Republicans feel they have to go way to the right on immigration to win the primaries. If they want to get elected, they’ll need the Hispanic vote.” Continue reading

Pot Workers Unionize!

First off, an actor whose roles I enjoyed – Dennis Hopper passed away today. His role in the fil m Easy Rider made him an Icon of the Boomer Generation.

RIP Dennis! And don’t Bogart that joint!

Mary Jane Farm

San Jose union begins organizing pot workers

A major California labor union is organizing medical cannabis workers in Oakland, a move that analysts say will help efforts to legalize marijuana and open the door for the union to organize thousands more workers if state voters pass a measure in November to allow recreational marijuana use by adults.

The 26,000-member United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5 in San Jose is believed to be the first union in the country to organize workers in a marijuana-related business. It is considering new job classifications including “bud tender” – a sommelier of sorts who helps medical marijuana users choose the right strain for their ailment.

Union bud tender,” said Carl Anderson, executive director of AMCD, an Oakland nonprofit medical cannabis dispensary that is going through the city’s permitting process. The dispensary has 15 freshly minted union employees as it readies for an expected opening in December. “With full union health benefits and a pension,” Anderson said.

With roughly 100 cannabis industry workers in Oakland now in the process of unionizing, the move is mutually beneficial for labor and marijuana advocates.

The union, whose membership is dominated by commercial grocery store workers, retail clerks and some agricultural workers, gets to establish a toehold in a growing new pool of cannabis workers…

Tough Times for Right Wing Propagandists

The Tea Baggers have brought a new level of comity to political discourse in this country. Right Wing propagandists and hate meisters are beginning to feel the heat – internationally.

Recently Ann Coulter reieved a “warm” reception in Canada, and now KKKarl Rove, the architecht of the Bush disaster, is finding out some folks just aren’t willing to let him sell his swill and brand it as Sweet Tea.

Here’s Awful Andy getting kicked out of Canada –

Oh! Canada… Indeed.

Republican Justifies Tea Baggers Using “N-word”…

Representative Devin Nunes (Republican -Ca) justifies the calling of black legislators the “N word”, and Barney Frank a “f*&()_”.

He then tries to front the lie that Democrats are doing something Republicans never did when they were the majority. Like all of these lies, such as the various rules having never been utilized (the Republicans utilized the exact same rule 35 times during the Bushit Administration), this will be exposed for exactly what it is…

Just another Republican with a closet “hoodie”…

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