#975722 Sep 4, 2013
YOU GOT NUTTIN Mardell said something quite remarkable in his piece on race in the U.S., which reported more about that topic than “P”Bs and Gwen Ifill have had to offer over multiple days of pretending to discuss the same topic in coordination with the MOW anniversary.“While many whites might see Mr. Obama's election as the final, triumphant chapter in the civil rights story,” Mardell observed,“here [in Washington D,C.’s black ghetto] it is sourly noted that he hasn't visited this part of the city just a few miles from where he lives.”[1A]
“He could have noted the first technically black president’s repeatedly stated hostility to the notion that blacks deserve any special programs or compensation for the powerful role racism has played in producing the nation’s persistent stark racial disparities.”
There’s a lot more that Mardell could have said about the sorry state of U.S. race relations today. Mardell underestimated the size of the incarcerated population. He should have provided data on the wealth/net worth race-gap.(The New York Times reported last spring that ”by the most recent data, the average white family had about $632,000 in wealth, versus $98,000 for black families and $110,000 for Hispanic families”) He could have noted the first technically black president’s repeatedly stated hostility to the notion that blacks deserve any special programs or compensation for the powerful role racism has played in producing the nation’s persistent stark racial disparities – along with Obama’s nasty habit of lecturing poor blacks on the their own supposed personal and cultural responsibility for their disadvantage.
Mardell might have politely challenged Ms. Hawkins notion that black Americans “got a president” or at least made it explicit that they only got one of a symbolic kind. The Harvard-educated and elite white-vetted half-white president has been Wall Street and corporate America’s president more than anything else.
Since: Dec 08
gauley bridge wv
#975723 Sep 4, 2013
Main article: List of parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention
Almost all countries in the world have joined the Chemical Weapons Convention. Currently 189 of the 196 states recognized by the United Nations are party to the CWC. Of the seven states that are not, two have signed but not yet ratified the treaty (Burma and Israel) and five states have not signed the treaty (Angola, North Korea, Egypt, South Sudan and Syria).
You were saying?
#975724 Sep 4, 2013
Remember that "red line" the UNSC set for Iraq, which Iraq violated, and Democrats like Obama said we shouldn't have responded to?
#975725 Sep 4, 2013
Yosemite fire started by illegal pot growers....
Since: Jun 13
#975726 Sep 4, 2013
For a lot of us, the hypocrisy is blinding.
We need liberal filtering sunglasses to shut out the glare.
#975727 Sep 4, 2013
Your brilliant use of dumbassery really brought that concept home?
#975728 Sep 4, 2013
THE DREAMS SOLD TO THE SLEEPERS the Obama years have in fact been worse for black Americans (consistent with Evelyn Brown’s comment that “everything is going backwards”)– no “just almost worse” about it. And he might have dug deeper to learn that a number of left U.S. anti-racist intellectuals and activists warned from the very beginning that the “vacuous to repressive neoliberal” President Obama (I quote Dr. Adolph Reed Jr.) was going to be a big problem for the black equality struggle in America. This was my position early on, for a number of reasons, not the least of which was the expectation that Obama’s rise to the White House would prove the last nail in the coffin of white America’s willingness to admit that racism still poses serious barriers to black advancement and racial equality.
Still, Mardell and BBC deserve credit for telling some very basic truths that seem beyond the reach of U.S.“mainstream” media. The numbers and real-world testimony they provide are honest and harsh enough to suggest serious problems with the dominant progress narrative, richly fed by Obama’s dangerous ascendancy.
It is easier, of course, to tell difficult truths about social conditions and disparities in nations other than your own.(I am skeptical about whether BBC is as incisive and candid when it comes to racial inequality inside the United Kingdom). That said, it is good to see on BBC a rare bit of honest and serious reporting about racial oppression and the real lives of black Americans in the endlessly deceptive and mendacious Age of Obama.
Since: Jul 07
#975729 Sep 4, 2013
No one cares what you think.
Since: Jun 13
#975730 Sep 4, 2013
As far as natural disasters like floods and fire, you could be right.
When it comes to man-made disasters of dumping chemicals and nuclear waste in our oceans, the measure of scale isn't big enough.
#975731 Sep 4, 2013
LOL! You'd be amazed at the amount of money made at full service carwashes! People don't want to spend their free time cleaning a car; many people here have multiple vehicles; it's a booming business.
#975732 Sep 4, 2013
I think this statement by Matthews highlights Liberals Ideology: Mathews; Dems Must Support War to 'Save President's Hide' it’s not about America it’s about Party!!
#975733 Sep 4, 2013
GROVELAND, Calif.— As the massive Rim fire roared out of the Stanislaus National Forest and deeper into Yosemite National Park this week, public attention rose sharply.
But the intensity of firefighting did not.
That's because part of the blaze had crossed into the jurisdiction of the National Park Service, which has a more restrained approach to managing wildfires than other federal, state and local fire agencies battling the 300-square-mile blaze.
Officials estimate that it will be fully contained in two or three weeks, but it is expected to keep smoldering for weeks longer and won't be truly out for months.
"This fire will burn until the first rains or until the snow flies," said Lee Bentley, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service.
Although the 4,900 firefighters here operate under a unified command, the park service has a very different firefighting philosophy from that of the forest service or the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
The portion of the Rim fire burning outside the park is fought aggressively by the forest service and Cal Fire. Bulldozers rip fire lines across the landscape, and crews fell trees and set protective backfires. Helicopters and tanker airplanes drop water and retardant.
"We want to send as much equipment to a fire as we can," said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant. "Our goal is to put it out early and avoid having a large fire."
But inside parks, a policy often called "fire use" accepts fire as a naturally occurring process and often a useful tool.
Park fire managers suppress blazes that endanger people or threaten structures and resources. Fires in tourist-heavy Yosemite Valley, for instance, are "very, very controlled," said Tom Medema, Yosemite's chief of interpretation and education.
Otherwise, park officials prefer to herd fires where they want them to go and allow blazes to burn out on their own.
It's a science-based approach that serves the same function as off-season forest thinning and controlled burns. But those arguments often fail to stand up to public distaste for trees burning in beloved national parks.
#975734 Sep 4, 2013
Another mindless observation you idiot - but the view into a tormented mind was worth the read.
It's the culture...
#975735 Sep 4, 2013
McCain won't sign the resolution because there's not enough force.
You got it wrong. McCain wants the US to go in and kill Assad.
#975736 Sep 4, 2013
There are Black Communities
Not a monolith
We got Obama elected
“Over the hump”
Or, even voting for the first time
Now we need voter IDs?
How do we rectify this?
How do we deal with wicked “whitey?”
In the GOP
Like Rush, Beck, O’Reilly and Hannity
Or their pet Negroes:
And, Herman Cain
A black stain
“Uncle Tom” incarnate
Conservative and confused
Meanwhile, what do black communities get?
A black president
Who provides genetics lessons
After Trayvon Martin got assassinated
“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon”
Thank you, Mr. President!
Avoid making hard-core statements
About racism in America
Oh, yes he mentions
Being followed in stores
That’s racist, to the core
Yet, he doesn’t deal with structural racism
The wickedness of Wall St.
How it fuels racist lending practices
Like Countrywide and Wells Fargo
Blacks lose homes
And, yet blacks wait
For a strong president
That doesn’t use beer
To mediate over an individual racist dispute
Yet, again and again
Black people proved to be the Best Americans
Lobbying to fight in wars
To earn justice
And earn their way to be good Americans
Hands over their hearts
To sing the national anthem
And, the pledge of allegiance
To another country guilty of apartheid
And, like Chuck D of PE rhymed
“And the Negro, where the fuck does he go?”
“”Cause right here’s apartheid…”
“He can run, but he can’t hide”
Yet, black people march on
And the Congressional Black Caucus
Part of the real illegals
President, his cabinet, Congress, and the courts
If they don’t seek justice and peace for all
Or fight “blame the victim” analyses
Or dispel white myths on black life:
Not desiring to work
“That’s why they’re unemployed”
Yet, when there are few good-paying jobs
Government is a co-conspirator
In the destruction and the stunting
The black middle class
That gained access to it
Via government jobs
Police, teachers, firefighters, administrators
Disappearing with blistering speed
No wonder why black unemployment
Has been historically been triple the rate
Of white folks
And Obama thinks he’s talking about shit
To get America to pony-up
To a nine-dollar minimum wage
When living wages are needed
To escape poverty
And, many black Americans wait patiently
To even say the words
“Poor people” or “poverty”
“It's always darkest 'fore dawn”
Since: Jul 08
#975737 Sep 4, 2013
Wow, the irony of you Grumpy Old Pricks| Don't you know that the inability to recognize sarcasm or irony is the first sign of dementia?[namE and Batty don't either...]
#975738 Sep 4, 2013
Diplomacy isn't about cute "Reset" buttons and feel good "New Beginning" speeches.
Obama has mishandle all Mid-East diplomacy since getting in office. He and Hilary failed to grasp the consequences of both action and inaction.
You are right that opportunities were lost and that is why we are were we are now.
#975739 Sep 4, 2013
#975740 Sep 4, 2013
...choice is wonderful and so are the ways people find to waste their money
#975741 Sep 4, 2013
Hmmm, repeating the same concept-sweetie.
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