Mr. Obama, have you no shame? Why did you push to fire Don Imus within days of his street-talk jock joke, but let your family attend the hate monger Rev. Wright’s church for 20 years?

“I understand MSNBC has suspended Mr. Imus,” Barack Obama told ABC News, “but I would also say that there’s nobody on my staff who would still be working for me if they made a comment like that about anybody of any ethnic group. And I would hope that NBC ends up having that same attitude.”

Mr. Obama, what about your America-hating, white-blaming racist pastor? He wasn’t joking about blaming American whites for 9/11 and inventing the HIV/AIDs virus. Why did you continue to attend Rev. Wright’s church for 20 years? Imus is a political satirist who often had you on as a guest to help build your political popularity. Rev. Wright is a hate spewing monster. Why did you let your daughters attend such a place of worship on Sundays for their entire lives?

It took Obama more than a year to speak about his pastor’s racially charged anti-American tirades, but when it came to denouncing Don Imus for his racial street talk joke against the Rutgers girls basketball team, it took Obama only a week to demand the shock jock be fired, reported by FOX News.

So this is why your wife is proud of America for the first time? You grew up in South Side of Chicago world of blame whites for all your ills. Meanwhile, American blacks are killing each other off at the rate of 20,000 a year.

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Congratulations, Obama! You won’t hear that from Hillary.

Mick Gregoy

Now the backlash. What was Hillary and her machine thinking when they fired the beautiful, highly effective Hispanic campaign manager, Patti Solis Doyle? That they are showing the Black voters, that “See, we were not really pandering for Hispanic votes in place of the loyal Black vote.”

Too late. It’s time for the fat lady with the accordion to start singing.

A prominent member of the national Democratic Party has circulated a sharp e-mail saying the removal of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle was disloyal to Hispanics and should give “pause” to superdelegates and voters.
The e-mail from, Steven Ybarra, a California superdelegate who heads the voting-rights committee of the DNC Hispanic Caucus, was sent to fellow caucus members in the hours after word broke that Solis Doyle – the most prominent Latina in Clinton’s campaign – would be replaced by another close Clinton loyalist, Maggie Williams, who is black.
The e-mail noted that Clinton, who is looking to Latino voters for a boost in the Texas and Ohio primaries on March 4, scored heavily with Hispanics in her California win.
“Apparently, loyalty is not a two-way street,” he wrote. “Latino superdelegates like myself . . . will have cause to pause.”

How about bringing in the National Guard to make bus rides safe for whites in Baltimore?

There has apparently been another black attack against whites on a bus in Baltimore.
Less than a week ago a young white woman was severly beaten. Did you read about this in the New York Times the past few days? No. In fact, in today’s PC/Liberal Democrat society, you are considered a racist if you bring up a news item that doest fit the Big Brother/Big Sis agenda.

By Mick Gregory

Rosa Parks wasn’t beaten up by whites, was she? No, she was a prop in a lawsuit against segregation laws in the Old South. No, in fact, Ms. Parks soon moved to Detroit where a white woman would have risked her life to ride the public transit for the past 40 years. Now apparently, whites are not allowed on public transit in Baltimore.

Is the Baltimore Sun reporting this? How about the Washington Post, the paper of record for that region of the country?

WBAL-TV reports that two men aboard the #64 bus in Brooklyn claim they were attacked by a group of 7 black teens. The two men say they were attacked because they were white. They also claim the bus driver refused to call police for them. They were dropped off on the street by the black bus driver.

This comes less than a week after a white woman was beaten on a bus. Nine black middle school students have been arrested in that case. Continue reading

PBS Viewers Upset That a Conservative Was Allowed to Give His Opinion on the Public Station

Mick Gregory

Look at how horrified PBS fans are at the tax-payer supported “public” TV station. They actually had a conservative on the opinion segment of “New Hour.” That shows me it very rarely is allowed. Someone must have been on sabatical.

These are Progressive Democrats. The ones that strongly believe the debate is over, if you don’t agree with them. That is a good definition of narrow minded bigot.

I am an avid watcher of your program and I have not written you with my praises so it is difficult to write with my complaints, but I must. The discussion of torture in the “Shields and Lowry” segment was not acceptable and the remarks of Rich Lowry were shameful and deeply disturbing. Does your station endorse the views of Mr. Lowry? Mr. Lowry approved and defended the use of torture, an illegal activity under US and international law. Torture is in the same category as rape or murder; not an option for interrogation. I am, frankly, horrified that your show would pay someone to spread such a despicable point of view. He even brought up the subject again to expand upon his original endorsement and strengthen it. Thank you for a great program 99% of the time!

David Hennessey, Proctor, MN

You idiot, the practice isn’t water boarding, but a pschological act to have the terrorist believe he is being water boarded. No terrorists are harmed in the video!

I can’t believe that you have Rich Lowry on the show actually talking in support of water-boarding. Lowry is a poor substitute for David Brooks. I am outraged that someone would condone torture as an OK thing, and that’s a slippery slope. We are surely in moral trouble if he represents any kind of substantial constituency, and if he doesn’t then he ought not to be on your show.

MB Markham, Arlington, VA

The PBS ombudsman to his credit, states the facts, that Rich Lowry was a fill-in for the opinon segment and gave his opinion.

On Nov. 2, Ray Suarez was sitting in on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He was talking with Mark Shields and a young man named Rick, as David Brooks (no relation to me) was off. The young reporter with blithe arrogance condoned torture, insisted nothing was wrong with it “when needed” and said he’d be willing to volunteer for two minutes of waterboarding. Please rethink having such a callous, offensive “reporter” on PBS again. He gives journalism an ugly face not to mention the total disregard this young man has for democracy. Ray looked embarrassed. Mark Shields was obviously disgusted. Jim Lehrer’s NewsHour is the most informed and dignified news we have in our country. Send this Rick over to Fox News and then he’ll understand torture for himself.

Jacquelyn Brooks, Gloucester, MA

I STRONGLY object to Rich Lowry as the substitute commentator. He is either ignorant or a liar or both. In the discussion on waterboarding, he says that it is not torture. That is a lie, according to the Army manual, to the Geneva Conventions, to John McCain, to countless others. Are you pandering to the Bush Administration? If you don’t have him as the substitute, will they cancel you? Give us an honest person. Where are your editorial standards?

Chapel Hill, NC

Here’s the NewsHour’s Response

This is from Executive Producer Linda Winslow: “A number of viewers wrote to complain about Rich Lowry’s endorsement of waterboarding as an interrogation tactic on Friday. In most cases, the viewers wanted to know why he was allowed to express his opinion — which they vehemently disagreed with — on The NewsHour. Here’s the answer to that question: Rich was filling in for our regular commentator, David Brooks, and participating in our regular Friday night analysis of the week’s biggest developments. Like David, Rich leans toward Republican positions but, like Mark, he isn’t expected to spout the “party line” on every event. He is encouraged to express his own opinions, which is what he did Friday. Although many prominent Republicans have denounced waterboarding, Rich is not the only person in Washington espousing the position he took. Some of them are members of the Bush administration. We think it is important that our viewers hear that argument, whether they agree with one side or the other. I think Mark Shields actively took the position held by the viewers who were offended by Rich Lowry’s opinion. And I think Ray Suarez moderated their debate even-handedly. Below is the link to our web site if you’d like to review the transcript.” http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/july-dec07/slmukasey_11-02.html

(Ombudsman’s Note: This seems like an easy one. Lowry appeared on the weekly analysis and opinion portion of this program. Lowry gave his opinion. That’s what this is supposed to be about. They opine, you decide.)

NCAA Soviet-Style Social Moralists Cleansing College Teams of Indian-based Traditions. Why? To Politicize and Divide Us.

Mick Gregory —
What does Hillary say about this issue?

Liberals politicize everything. The NCAA is based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Of course, the names of the city and state are not based on any tribe or Native American historical fact. The irony is amazing. My theory is the Progressive Democrats in Indy feel inferior to Berkeley and Boston, so they “try and do the right PC thing.”

But the real crime is that the PC movement looks for disgruntaled, self-annointed, distant relatives of any Native American tribe be the authority on what is or is not PC. Seek and you shall will find a loser who wants to get their 15 minutes of fame for the next liberal cause.

In fact, PC is the act of politicizing an issue.

After a 100-year-old tradition is “cleansed,” by the NCAA “Soviet Moral Authority,” that is it; the debate is over. Anyone who has another opinion is labeled a bigot, racist, or hate monger. The liberal media jumps onboard siding with the offended “victims.”

It’s a system to Balkanize the United States by rewriting history, culture and traditions. The qualites that unite us. In the case of the Illini tradition at Champaign-Urbana, the thrilling “fancy dance” was first developed by an Eagle Scout some 80 years ago, who had studied the Native American culture. The Illini “fancy dance” was a tribute.

Now its been cleansed by the NCAA and the result is dividing America with siloed semi-Americans. It is also rewriting history. Accroding to current PC rules, you can’t even discuss the subject out of fear.

Is that what America is about?

Free speech is crushed. That’s the way the Progressive Democrat machine works. Chilling.
Every aspect of Amerian life is politicized by the liberals, team sports, symbolic dance, today even the weather.

Will a reporter have the guts to ask Hillary or Obama what they think of the Illini symbol?
How about at the Indianapolis Star?

It’s up to bloggers to ask. It’s still legal to ask questions.

BY KENNETH L. WOODWARD

European intellectuals have long complained of excessive moralism in American foreign policy, politics and attitudes toward sex–the lingering effect, as they see it, of our Puritan heritage. But if they want to spot the real Puritans among us, they should read our sports pages.

Last week, the National Collegiate Athletic Association announced that it would ban the use of Native American team names and mascots in all NCAA-sponsored postseason tournaments. If a team turns up wearing uniforms with words like “Indians,” “Braves” or similar nicknames the association deems “hostile and abusive,” that team will be shown the locker-room door. Surely I was not the only reader who noticed that this edict came out of the NCAA’s headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Already, one university president, T.K. Weatherall of Florida State, one of 18 colleges and universities on the Association’s blacklist, is threatening to take legal action–and I hope he does. Florida State’s athletic teams are called the Seminoles, and the university says it has permission from that tribe in Florida to use that name. Not good enough, counters Charlotte Westerhaus, the NCAA’s new vice president for “diversity and inclusion.” “Other Seminole tribes,” she claims, “are not supportive.”

Keep looking, you can always find a disgruntaled person to help your cause Ms. Westerhaus.

One might suppose that any organization with an Office of Diversity and Inclusion would welcome mascots and team names reflecting the Native Americans among us put in a positive light. College teams are not showing the horrible blood letting that wiped out entire tribes.

Bloggers Force Mainstream Media to Identify the Race of Suspects in Crime Stories

By Mick Gregory

One of The Sacramento Bee’s practices for several years has been when and how the paper identifies the race of suspects in crime stories. There standards copied those of the stars, the Washington Post, New York Times and San Francisco Chronilce.

The paper allowed the use of race only when it is accompanied by a detailed physical description or when reporting a serial crime or when using police sketches of suspects. Which was, as you might suspect, not very often.

The rules were set by editors “to avoid racial stereotyping caused by vague or unreliable racial descriptions” provided by police, crime victims or witnesses.

Not surprisingly, bloggers have accused the paper of political correctness, endangering lives, and the issue’s volatility has ebbed and flowed, sometimes lying dormant for months only to arise anew in the wake of a particularly heinous crime.

It’s burning hot now in the aftermath of the slaying in Sacramento of a young father and his 7-month-old son and the paper’s reluctance until several days had passed to provide racial descriptions of the suspects.

Now, the paper’s policy is under review, according to Executive Editor Rick Rodriguez, who is leaning toward modifying the policy to allow the use of race as part of a general description of suspects.

And while the most recent killings have sparked the review, there also are other important factors involved, Rodriguez said.

One is the inconsistency with which the policy has been applied in stories and the other is the Internet, which provides information bypassing The Bee’s standards and thus raising questions about the paper’s relevancy.

For example, The Bee finds itself in the weird position of adhering to its policy at the same time its readers are posting online comments at sacbee.com providing the racial descriptions of the suspects taken from information released by the Sheriff’s Department.

Likewise, other local media outlets are disseminating the racial descriptions.

“It is apparent that The Bee is more interested in political correctness rather than trying to assist the community … in solving this tragic, violent crime,” read one of many critical online postings.

“Just what is the responsibility of The Bee and the editors?” e-mailed a reader who identified himself as a retired policeman from Rancho Murieta. “To give us half of a story? To protect a certain race of people from what? Or, to put the information out there fairly, let it fall where it falls, and give us the information and tools to protect ourselves?”

Said Sherryl Campbell, an El Dorado County real estate agent, in her e-mail: “What EXACTLY do the suspects look like? … Please start using real descriptions and telling us what the suspects actually look like and give up this stranglehold that political correctness has placed on our society. I have always believed that journalists should be telling the truth, isn’t that your job in our community?”

Rodriguez said he will meet with editors and reporters in re-evaluating the policy, which was adopted about 15 years ago.

He said the policy has been controversial even within the newsroom, with some staunchly supporting it and others thinking it is too rigid.

While a change may be in the offing, there remain real concerns about the value of racial descriptions when other identifying details are sorely lacking.

In the current case, for example, the racial descriptions of the two suspects provided early on by authorities were as follows: “a black male adult wearing a black hooded sweat shirt … (and) a Hispanic male adult wearing a green shirt and a green Oakland A’s hat.”

That’s a description that could cover thousands of black and Hispanic men in the region, particularly in the absence of details such as height or weight or ranges in age or other specifics, which only came days later.

As such, the descriptions failed to meet the paper’s standards to include race as a detail. And that’s what triggered reader criticism.

The paper’s initial description of the suspects said only that one man was wearing a black, hooded sweat shirt and the other a green shirt and green Oakland A’s hat.

That’s just about useless.

Rodriguez questioned how such general information, even when race is included, is truly helpful. And he said he is worried about racism and those who are more motivated with keeping a racial scorecard than in the crime.

“I don’t want to feed into that,” Rodriguez said, “but on the other hand … it’s not something we can run away from, either.”

Rodriguez said he is well aware that, from a practical standpoint, The Bee found itself isolated in its initial reporting by not including racial descriptions while everyone else, from media competitors to readers, had the information.

So, Rodriguez asked, what’s the point of holding out?

“We’re supposed to be giving all the information available,” he said.

Is it enough to stay the course for the noble purpose of avoiding racial stereotypes, which is at the core of the current policy?

“Have we succeeded? I don’t know,” said Rodriguez. In this Internet age, he said, you can’t pretend readers are clueless about finding information.

“There are so many information channels available today and that has caused me to be thinking about this for a while,” even before the recent crime brought the issue to the public forefront again.

This is an important issue for the paper, and one Rodriguez said he is giving much thought to.

Among the questions: How do you balance a paper’s responsibility to set and maintain publishing standards when the information in question is already being freely exchanged by readers and the public via the Internet?

In the world of the Web, do readers still benefit from the paper sticking to its policy? Is there a way to include racial descriptions more often in stories without stereotyping? Are yesterday’s well-intentioned standards moot today?

I would like to hear your thoughts about this via an online chat. To participate, please go to http://www.sacbee.com/public and I will post your questions and observations.

What do Hillary and Obama have to say about the Jena six?

Free the Jena Six!

Six African-Americans in their late teens beat a white high school student unconcious. A hate crime?
You be the judge.

What have you read about this case in your mainstream media?

What do Hillary and Obama have to say about this?

A judge on Friday denied a request to release a black teenager whose arrest in the beating of a white classmate sparked this week’s civil rights protest, by blacks in Louisiana.

Mychal Bell’s request to be freed while an appeal is being reviewed was rejected at a juvenile court hearing, denying him any chance at immediate bail, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because juvenile court proceedings are closed.

It’s not hard to imagine what would happen if it were six white teens who beat a black student to near death. Just look back at the Duke Lacross case.

There is deep, race-based hate in Louisiana. The same hate Mike Nifong used to get elected in North Carolina. The kind that you just wouldn’t believe existed in America, if you only got your news from the mainstream media.

Bell, 17, was convicted of aggravated second-degree battery, which could have led to 15 years in prison. But his conviction was thrown out by a state appeals court that said he could not be tried on the charge as an adult because he was 16 at the time of the beating, a couple of weeks ago.

“This is why we did not cancel the march,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton, an organizer of Thursday’s rally along with the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the NAACP. “When they overturned Mychal’s conviction, everyone said we won.”

Jackson said in an interview Friday that federal intervention is needed to protect Bell’s rights. Sharpton said he has scheduled meetings in Washington with congressional leaders to discuss the Jena Six case.

The incident was followed by fights between blacks and whites that culminated in the attack on Justin Barker, who was knocked unconscious on school grounds. According to court testimony, his face was swollen and bloodied, but he was able to attend a school function that night.
Five of the teens were originally charged with attempted second-degree murder – charges that have since been reduced for four of them. The sixth was booked as a juvenile on sealed charges.