Burris said it best, “I AM the SENATOR!” What took so long? Some cried racism without credibility but the “fact” of assumption that his appointment wasn’t valid had many pondering. Some said it was a matter of paperwork (but since it was being stalled that’s not a fair assessment). Others put their foots in their mouths and had to back down (that would be Harry Reid). Roland Burris is now the Junior Senator representing Illinois. I bet all the people who turned down Blago are kicking themselves somewhere right now. Note to the Madigan family: if you don’t first succeed try and try again!
NO ONE DESERVES TO BE SHOT IN THE BACK.
I say this from personal experience.
Boy, that didn’t take long. As the amateur but harrowing video of the shooting of Oscar Grant gets played worldwide, the push back by the police begins. Apparently there’s no peace for the dead as his arrest record has been released. I already predicted this. The outrage at the behavior of the police is what counts, not the imperfections of the victim. Looking at the video you can clearly see Police Officer Johannes Mehserle fire his weapon and the reaction of those surrounding Mr. Grant. You can hear the crowd that was detained at the station recoil in horror. Again, this is not about Mr. Grant this is about seeking justice. Already there’s speculation (and a way of earning jury pool sympathy) the officer may have reached for his taser but pulled his gun instead. Whatever! That indicates serious incompetence! Nice try though. At the very least the officer should be fired. I see a definite payout. Tourism is one of San Francisco’s biggest cash cows and this is NOT a good look.
HE HAD A KEY MADE ONLY TO FIND THEY’D CHANGED THE LOCKS!
Roland Burris showed up for the party but his name wasn’t on the guest list. Harry Reid and ’em don’t have a leg to stand on for trying to block Senator Burris. Blago appointed him and as long as he remains Governor it’s his right to do so. Reid will either follow the rule of law OR deal with a primary challenger and likely Presidential smack-down shortly. If Reid wants to start applying an extra set of rules then the Democrats are in even more of a mess than usual. I’m certain the LOCKSMITH has already been called!
This was the ONE opportunity for this party to not only emerge victorious in an election year but to get it together once and for all. The Republicans are still trying to figure out where its nose is. This of course proves it’s not about political party but about the idiots and crooks who are running things. We the people have got to be active in this process. VOTE THEM OUT!
DOES FEINSTEIN REALLY WANT SOMETHING TO CARP ABOUT?
What is she, the Queen of England? News has surfaced that Obama wants Leon Panetta to head the biggest spook agency in the world. Just remember it might not be his only choice. Panetta has no intelligence experience whatsoever – but is on record for opposing torture. Remember Obama didn’t have any experience either. I have no idea if Panetta is the best choice but we’re getting Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State when (if) confirmed. Whether we like it or not. So Feinstein is supposedly not pleased about this selection.
Could it be this might affect the business dealings of her husband, Richard Blum who is heavily invested in the Military Industrial Complex? She is yet another Old Guard Democratic party member who rubber-stamped everything Bush wanted and is one of those “liberal in name only” politicians. The profits and unfettered power is very enticing I’m certain. I’d welcome some SERIOUS public scrutiny into all of her associations and how qualified she is for her new position as Committee Chair of Intelligence.
GAZA DEATH TOLL ISN’T GIVING ISRAELIS PAUSE.
There’s nothing like a little bad press to make you dig in your heels! I remember when it was the PLO. Today it’s HAMAS. Tomorrow will this be over? There’s an expression: the hate that hate breeds.
Shrub is ending his days picking his nose somewhere in a corner – and preparing pardons! Blair House wasn’t booked either.
Israel told Obama F-U before he even got to swear in. Once he’s President he promises to have plenty to say. I’m more concerned about what he’s going to DO because I’m one of those rabble-rousers who expect my government to be effective and address my concerns.
Meanwhile Black men are killing each other off and terrorizing women and children unfettered. Guns, drugs and apathy do NOT MIX! Where’s the protest and outrage for THAT?! It can’t just be reserved for when cops use excessive force and kill civilians.
Governor Rod Blagojevich has appointed former Attorney General Roland Burris to the vacant Senate seat in IL. Mr. Burris has more than 40 years of service and is more than qualified. If the voters had selected him or Rush for Governor when they ran – instead of Blago – the state wouldn’t be in the mess that it’s in now. Blago wasn’t even close to being as qualified when he ran, but yet again, back room support, money and somewhat questionable strategizing helped him come out on top. Also having two Black people competing in a three person race will always split the vote in favor of that 3rd party.
During the press conference Congressman Rush broke it down so it can forever be broke! There are no Black Senators currently serving for any state in the US. There’s only been three (3) since Reconstruction. For all the complaining about sexism white women have fared very well in Senate and Gubernatorial elections. When you can be the wife of or the daughter of a white man that has acquired a power base it is easily transfered. As for Black women, IL had Carol Moseley Braun. And that’s it! That’s why it was so important to ask about finding a Black female candidate for the NYS Senate. 2009 is the year to change all of that and move forward!!
Anyway, that was a nice move on Rep. Rush’s part. He has thrown down the gauntlet. That’s how you do it! Harry Reid had expressed some opposition but now what’s he gonna do? It’s called checkmate.
Update: Obama has weighed in on this: “Roland Burris is a good man and a fine public servant, but the Senate Democrats made it clear weeks ago that they cannot accept an appointment made by a governor who is accused of selling this very Senate seat. I agree with their decision, and it is extremely disappointing that Governor Blagojevich has chosen to ignore it. I believe the best resolution would be for the Governor to resign his office and allow a lawful and appropriate process of succession to take place. While Governor Blagojevich is entitled to his day in court, the people of Illinois are entitled to a functioning government and major decisions free of taint and controversy.”
Hmmm, aren’t we all entitled to a functioning gov’t? Blago may be a crook but I bet MANY other politicians would fit that description as well. If Burris is as decent as everyone says then let him have the seat. He has to run in an election in 2010 anyway! Perhaps Obama needs to shut up!