BULLY BOY PRESS & CEDRIC'S BIX MIX -- DC.
IN A REBROADCAST OF KPFK'S UPRISING TODAY, PROMOTING HIS NEW BOOK ON HIP-HOP MUSIC, DR. MICHAEL ERIC DYSON ATTEMPTED TO DECLARE HIP-HOP A POLITICAL CONSTITUENCY.
QUESTIONS OF WHETHER "FRANKIE" SINATRA'S BOBBY SOXERS WERE ALSO A POLITICAL CONSTITUENCY WERE SET ASIDE AS GLEN FORD'S BLACK AGENDA REPORT RADIO COMMENTARY ON SENATOR BARACK OBAMA WAS PLAYED:
BARACK OBAMA'S MISSION IS NOT TO CRUMBLE THE WALLS OF A U.S. JERICHO, BUT TO ASCEND TO THE PINNACLES OF POWER, FOR ITS OWN SAKE. HIS CAMPAIGN IS FUELED BY MEGA-MILLION DOLLARS, AND EXCEEDS EVEN HIS POLITICAL TWIN, HILLARY CLINTON. THE ENTHUSIASM FOR OBAMA AMONG THE RICH IS ROOTED IN A DESIRE TO ONCE AND FOR ALL DISMISSES THE "BLACK PROBLEM" -- WHICH REQUIRES A BLACK FIGUREHEAD TO ACCOMPLISH. OBAMA IS THAT MAN. HE IS A LOYAL AND TRUSTED VASSAL. THAT'S WHY, DURING HIS ENTIRE TERM IN THE U.S. SENATE, HE HAS NEVER STOOD UP, HAS NEVER CONFRONTED POWER, BUT HAS ALWAYS SENT THE RIGHT SIGNALS TO THE RULERS, AND ASSUAGED GENERAL WHITE ANXIETY ABOUT ONGOING, RAGING RACISM.
WHEN ASKED BY HOST TO COMMENT REGARDING FORD'S COMMENTARY ON OBAMA, DYSON ELECTED TO IGNORE THE COMMENTARY AND GO ON AT LENGTH ABOUT HOW WE NEEDED TO ACCEPT THE BEST OF THE WORST BECAUSE WE DO NOT WANT TO RUN PEOPLE AWAY FROM VOTING. HE DID NOT USE HIS TIME TO MENTION ANY CANDIDATE WHO MIGHT REPRESENT THE BEST ALTHOUGH HE DID REFER TO "MRS. CLINTON" WHICH IS HOW NOURI AL-MALIKI REFERS TO HILLARY CLINTON BUT IN THE UNITED STATES "MS. CLINTON" OR "SENATOR CLINTON" ARE PROBABLY THE MORE RESPECTFUL WAYS TO REFER TO HER. "MRS. CLINTON" MADE DYSON SOUND LIKE EDDIE HASKELL DECLARING, "THAT'S A VERY LOVELY DRESS, MRS. CLEAVER."
DYSON IS NOT THE ONLY ONE REFUSING TO CALL OUT OBAMA'S NEO-LIBERAL NONSENSE AND WAR HAWK NATURE.
BUT A NEW MEMO FROM OBAMA'S CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN LEAKED TO THE PRESS. IT'S ENTITLED "TURNING ENTHUSIASM INTO ORGANIZATION" AND IT SPEAKS OF SETTING UP "CAMP OBAMA TRAININGS" AROUND THE UNITED STATES.
WHEN REACHED BY THESE REPORTERS AND ASKED WHAT WAS GOING ON WITH THESE "CAMP OBAMA"S, SENATOR OBAMA RESPONDED, "I WAS AGAINST THE IRAQ WAR BEFORE IT STARTED."
THESE REPORTERS POINTED OUT THAT WHILE RUNNING IN THE GENERAL 2004 ELECTION FOR U.S. SENATOR, HE MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT HE WAS ALSO AGAINST WITHDRAWING U.S. FORCES FROM IRAQ, SENATOR OBAMA RESPONDED, "I WAS AGAINST THE IRAQ WAR BEFORE IT STARTED."
WHEN THESE REPORTERS ASKED IF WE COULD SPEAK TO SOMEONE ELSE WITH THE CAMPAIGN, SENATOR OBAMA PASSED THE PHONE OVER TO A MAN WHO REFUSED TO IDENTIFY HIMSELF BUT DID ANSWER EVERY ONE OF OUR QUESTIONS WITH, "SENATOR OBAMA WAS AGAINST THE IRAQ WAR BEFORE IT STARTED."
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Starting with war resistance. Nick Chin and Hannah Morong (US Socialist Worker) report the Eli Israel was a huge hit in Kennebunkport, Maine on Saturday at the peace rally held there where Cindy Sheehan, Dennis Kucinich, Carlos and Melida Arredonod, Cynthia McKinney and Dahlia Wasfi were among the over 4,000 people participating. Eli Israel is the first service member to publicly refuse to fight in the illegal war while being stationed in Iraq. The reporters quote Israel asking, "What's going to stop [the war]? It has to stop from the inside."
There is a growing movement of resistance within the US military which includes Timothy Richard, Robert Weiss, Phil McDowell, Steve Yoczik, Ross Spears, Zamesha Dominique, Jared Hood, James Burmeister, Eli Israel, Joshua Key, Ehren Watada, Terri Johnson, Carla Gomez, Luke Kamunen, Leif Kamunen, Leo Kamunen, Camilo Mejia, Kimberly Rivera, Dean Walcott, Linjamin Mull, Agustin Aguayo, Justin Colby, Marc Train, Abdullah Webster, Robert Zabala, Darrell Anderson, Kyle Snyder, Corey Glass, Jeremy Hinzman, Kevin Lee, Mark Wilkerson, Patrick Hart, Ricky Clousing, Ivan Brobeck, Aidan Delgado, Pablo Paredes, Carl Webb, Stephen Funk, Clifton Hicks, David Sanders, Dan Felushko,Brandon Hughey, Clifford Cornell, Joshua Despain, Joshua Casteel, Katherine Jashinski, Dale Bartell, Chris Teske, Matt Lowell, Jimmy Massey, Chris Capps, Tim Richard, Hart Viges, Michael Blake, Christopher Mogwai, Christian Kjar, Kyle Huwer, Vincent La Volpa, DeShawn Reed and Kevin Benderman. In total, forty-one US war resisters in Canada have applied for asylum.Information on war resistance within the military can be found at The Objector, The G.I. Rights Hotline, Iraq Veterans Against the War and the War Resisters Support Campaign. Courage to Resist offers information on all public war resisters. Tom Joad maintains a list of known war resisters.
Iraq Veterans Against the War were also a big hit at the Kennebunkport rally. They'll no doubt be a huge hit Saturday in Texas. In what may be one of the biggest actions in Texas against the illegal war in September, Texans For Peace are staging an American People's Poll on Iraq in Fort Worth, Texas featuring many speakers including IVAW's Adam Kokesh, Leonard Shelton and Hart Viges as well as Diane Wilson, Tina Richards, Ann Wright and many others. Click here for the press release. There is not a fee to attend, the event is Saturday, in Fort Worth, Texas which is also where the Republican Straw Poll will be "taking place in General Worth Square". People will begin arriving at nine in the morning, the speeches will begin at 1:30. There will be music and entertainment. Though the event is free, people can donate and Texans For Peace is encouraging everyone planning to attend to print up tickets online. The tickets will be used for a number count of those attending. No one will be turned away because they didn't have access to a computer to print up the ticket. A number of community members are in the D-FW area. If you're en route to the rally and see a friend, take them along. Texans For Peace are encouraging people to invite friends. This could be the biggest peace rally the area has seen. The event's theme is "Bring the troops home now and take care of them."
Throughout the day (nine to five, this is a Saturday) there will be canvassing and straw polls, the pre-rally entertainment starts at one p.m. and the peace rally begins at 1:30 and lasts until 3:30. Fort Worth is a city in Texas, part of the Dallas and Fort Worth region known there as "DFW." Suburbs, towns and cities in the area include Denton, Plano, Arlington, Irvining, Bach Springs, Desoto, Duncanville, Lewisville, Addison, Grand Prairie and a host of others. There is a point. Texans for Peace notes that you can catch the Trinity Railway Express to Fort Worth and that at 12:30 pm volunteers will be helping transport people to the rally.Community member Diana and her family took part in the April 2006 immigrants rally in downtown Dallas that had at least a half million participants making it the largest protest in Dallas' history. She noted the traffic issue when she shared her experiences from that rally. Today, she explained over the phone that the easiest thing for people to the north, east or south of Fort Worth wanting to attend Saturday's events but unsure of how to get there is to utilize the Trinity train. She suggests grabbing a Dart Express Train and taking it to Union Station (in downtown Dallas). You can pick up the TRE there. ("It's the big, brown -- same brown as UPS uses --train that runs right next to the two light rails," says Diana.) ADDED: Dallas and Billie both note that there is also a solid white train. Billie: "Brown or white, they are real trains that look like trains, not the light rail." Texans for Peace notes that the TRE (Trinity Railway Express) runs from eight in the morning until eleven at night on Saturdays.
[The last two paragraphs were noted yesterday and will be noted tomorrow and Friday. Texas members in that area, or able to get to that area, will hopefully be attending and getting the word out.]
Yesterday, Bully Boy gave another laughable speech. Cedric, Wally and I addressed it yesterday. Michael Abramowitz (Washington Post) observes the "upbeat" speech came as Bully Boy "is stepping up his case for keeping additional U.S. forces in the country. However, Democrats and Iraq experts say that Bush's proposals will face a steep hurdle because many of his predictions of success have not materialized." Thomas E. Ricks (Washington Post) reports that the White House will be asking for another 50 billion dollars ($50,000,000,000.00) for the illegal war "which would come on top of about $460 billion in the fiscal 2008 defense budget and $147 billion in a pending supplemental bill to fund the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq" with the announcement most likely coming "after congressional hearings scheduled for mid-September featuring the two top U.S. officials in Iraq. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker will assess the stat eof the war and the effect of the new strategy the U.S. military has pursued this year."
Bully Boy's responsible for the illegal war. The puppet's responsible for his lousy performance. Leila Fadel (McClatchy Newspapers) interviews him and he declares that he did not arrive at "this postition from being a king or a prince but have reached here through a political process, democracy and national will." Each claim, in and of itself, laughable. He then tries to play himself off as an accident of history: "I never wished to be put in a position of responsibility, neither did I see for one minute to be here." Apparently, he was just sipping a soda at the counter of Schwabs and Bully Boy liked the way al-Maliki filled out a sweater. In a report by Fadel on the interview, it's noted that: "Despite Maliki's confidence, the scene at his office made it clear that his survival isn't being debated only in Washington. Maliki's security guards were closely watching a talk show on a wide screen Panasonic television in the lobby. The topic was whether Maliki is the only choice for Iraq, and political pundits were debating whether the prime minister should step down. When Maliki entered, the guards turned down the volume, but kept the program on."
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