Here’s a look at some of the stories on our radar for tomorrow:
RAW POLITICS: Sen. McCain will be holding a town hall meeting in Albuquerque at noon. Sen. Obama will deliver a speech on Iraq from DC at 10:45a.
A NATION DIVIDED: The South Carolina legislature has approved the production of license plates featuring a cross and the words "I believe." It is the first state in the nation to approve a plate with a reference to one religion. The Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina spearheaded the effort and says while he would support other religions symbols on state plates, he believes the United States is a Christian nation, and that Christians shouldn't always back down to "separation of church and state types." And yes, those "types" have filed a federal lawsuit against the state saying this is a violation of the nation's constitution. You can read Jeffrey Toobin’s blog.
SPACE WALK: The crew members of the International Space Station are scheduled to perform the second of two scheduled spacewalks.
PELLICANO WIRETAP TRIAL: Scheduled date of trial for private investigator Anthony Pellicano and lawyer Terry Christensen on wire fraud, identity theft and conspiracy charges.
HIT AND RUN MURDER PLOT: Scheduled date of sentencing for Olga Rutterschmidt, found guilty along with Helen Golay of staging hit and run deaths. The women took out insurance polices on homeless men and then murdered them.
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Blogger and founderOh yes folks, Liberal creatives are having a field day this election season with their depictions of Michelle Obama. Proving that you can revel in racist depictions of Black people as long as you have a really good reason.
We previously showed you a "satirical" piece where Michelle was depicted being lynched by the Klan( Michelle Obama Depicted Being Tortured: Liberal Bloggers Lose Their Ever Loving Minds)
Now they are back at it depicting her as a terrorist rocking an afro and a machine gun. Barack Obama offered his standard response: None at all. (the campaign later issued a statement after his initial non committal response)I am beginning to see the wisdom of his silence, this is going to go on and on and on for the next five months he might as well save up for October:
You can search all you like for context to the suddenly infamous New Yorker cover in the pages of the magazine, but there's no point.
New Yorker covers are generally stand-alone commentaries, unconnected to the content of the magazine. The big story on Obama this week is about his rise in Chicago politics. There's a short piece too, about his move to the center. Neither refers to the misconceptions about his faith.
The New Yorker covers are often funny, sometimes sublime (the all-black memorial to the twin towers stands out), and occasionally off key.
Depending on how you see it, the Obama cover is either a brave attempt to force readers to confront the mistruths about the candidate, or an ill-conceived and offensive attack. Or both.
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GOP Strategist and AC360° Contributor
Speaking last week in Powder Springs, Ga., Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said, “Instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English, because they will learn English, you need to make sure your child can speak Spanish.”
Now we know what he means when he talks about the need for “change.” What he means is that it's the country that needs to change, not Washington, D.C.
The remark was itself part of a larger outreach effort by Obama to appeal for the support of Hispanic voters in the upcoming election. As part of his effort to address the conflict over illegal immigration, the brunt of which has been felt by Hispanics, he phrased his statement in such a way as to suggest he was simply calling on parents to be certain their school-age children learned a second language. But, as someone who was born in the United States and who speaks both English and – to a lesser degree – Spanish, I am disturbed by the comments.
In the Los Angeles Unified School District, for example, the nation's second-largest school district, 92 languages officially are spoken at students' homes. Why go in front of LULAC and single out Spanish unless you are pandering to special interests? Or worse, as some in the blogosphere suggest, perhaps Obama is implying that Hispanics, both immigrant and nonimmigrant, cannot learn English so the rest of us should learn Spanish in order to communicate.
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I am not a crazy tech fanboi or anything. I wasn't doing any Apple store camping for the honor of being the first to sport a new iPhone last year. I don’t even own a first gen iPhone. (Although I do own an iPodTouch). But I have to be honest here, when Apple’s all in one device was released in 2007, only one thing kept me form cueing up street side behind the masses of geeks, breathing CO2 emissions and slurping down Red Bulls in jittery anticipation of owning the sweet, sweet iPhone - my desire to stay married.
My wife is a no-nonsense Scotch Irish Texan. The idea of her husband standing in line in the wee hours of the morning to spend six bills on a sleek, shiny iPhone would be too much for her to wrap her head around. As it is, coming across one of my old iPods collecting dust in some random spot in the house is enough to push her to the other side of crazy (she thinks of them as perfectly fine, I think of them as intolerably obsolete). I decided that for the sake of marital bliss I would keep my iPhone fantasies, well, fantasies.
But that was sooo 2007. FULL POST
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CNN Senior Legal Analyst
South Carolina is soon going to be offering a new option for its license plates: a rendering of a Christian cross over a stained-glass window and the words “I believe.” The question is whether this offer is constitutional.
License plates have already generated a surprising amount of litigation. As most people know, New Hampshire plates say, “Live free or die.” A Jehovah’s Witness, who objected to that message, taped it over, and he was prosecuted for tampering with the plate. In 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court said the prosecution was unconstitutional because the defendant had the right not to speak –- that is, not to display the words on his car. FULL POST
President, Center for the Advancement of Women
There is a lengthy legacy of politician striking the wrong tone on the role of African-American men in the family. There tends to be more you-shoulds and not enough I-wills. The question remains whether politicians have the will to change the paradigm by which black men are viewed (or not) and judged. Save the unnecessary vulgar references to presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama, Jesse Jackson’s “off-the-mike” comments Wednesday weren’t so off-the-mark.
Rather than attacking only the personal responsibility of African-American fathers, it is essential to continue to address the systemic changes needed to eliminate the conditions sustaining the epidemic of absentee fathers, which isn’t exclusively a “black” phenomenon.