About 60 black activists staged a demonstration

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And almost no media came to cover it. In a presidential election year. In which race and politics and social issues are more prominantly debated than anytime in the last four decades.

The post below on this reports the basics. Let’s get back to that. There’s a fascinating and important story here.

The Washington Times is one of the only media that covered the event. Julia Duin has a few different stories on it - good reporting - and she originally noted that the absence of media coverage was oddly conspicuous. But that’s hard to find now. It may be there, I’m just not accessing it easily. So here’s what Duin reported the other day:

I noticed two discordant events during Thursday’s pro-life demonstrations by black activists on Capitol Hill.

One was the lack of TV cameras. They said a Fox crew showed up early, then… click here to read whole article and make comments



For those who can’t get enough politics…

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….(and it’s hard to imagine that, given how saturated we are at this point)….

This CNN poll tells us what we are hearing almost daily now, that presidential candidates Sen. McCain and Sen. Obama are just about tied in their support.

With just over four months remaining until voters weigh in at the polls, the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey out Tuesday indicates that among registered voters nationwide, Obama holds a 5-point advantage over the Arizona senator, 50 percent to 45 percent.

That represents little change from a similar poll one month ago, when the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee held a 46 to 43 percent edge over McCain.

So, this is news? Or something like a ‘just in case you’re wondering’ update…

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Yesterday it was patriotism

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Today, it’s faith-based initiatives. Sen. Barack Obama is on a campaign right now to assure voters that he solid on what matters most to them.

The story is all over the press today. Here’s Reuters’ version:

Obama visited a community ministry in a conservative region of the election battleground state of Ohio to unveil a plan to reinvigorate faith-based community programs first pioneered by President George W. Bush.

Here’s an interesting admission - or statement - from the Democratic candidate:

“The fact is, the challenges we face today — from saving our planet to ending poverty — are simply too big for government to solve alone,” Obama said. “We need an all-hands-on-deck approach.”

This is a concept known in the Church as subsidiarity. Obama is courting Christians, or as the media have been pointing out in their spate of coverage, evangelicals.

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MONDAY, 30 JUNE 2008

Obama’s race and McCain’s service

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Both topics were to be off limits, and certainly should be. There’s plenty to keep all the critics and political opponents busy before the election, like how about examining policies with honest critiques?

Instead, we get daily gaffes and cheap shots and unwise comments that distract attention. Like the newest one, from Gen. Wesley Clark about Sen. John McCain.

The media flocked to McCain for a response in this round of keystone cop campaigning. He called the comments “unnecessary.”

Now, McCain has started his own ‘anti-smear’ website, similar to Obama’s.

And Obama is on a campaign to prove he really is patriotic.

When are we going to get a debate - a civil one - on the issues….like the economy, foreign policy, health care, human rights….?

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MONDAY, 30 JUNE 2008

Service matters

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Kathryn Jean Lopez carries this letter from the Vets for Freedom, to Gen. Wesley Clark.

It’s both a response to Clark’s comments on McCain, and a series of questions. Here’s a good sample. The quote is from Clark, the followup from the Vets:

“I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be President.”
FACT: If serving your country, volunteering for combat, resisting the enemy, and receiving seventeen decorations for service does count for anything, then why are you on television, speaking as an “expert” on national security matters? Your personal attacks came not from a General with respect for the uniform, but from a political operative dispatched to attack the military background of a political adversary.

They call Clark to practice honor and nobility, which anyone in the service knows well.

Here’s their site.

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SUNDAY, 29 JUNE 2008

McCain is getting little attention

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Sen. John McCain is getting somewhat bashed by his own party, especially some of the heavyweight popular spokespersons in talk radio. He’s not all that popular with too many folks, conservative Republican or otherwise.

Over the weekend, I traveled to a family wedding in a critical swing state in the Midwest and talked with a cross-section of people there about the candidates, learning even more about the mistrust of Sen. Obama. And the grudges against McCain, including some Vietnam veterans who turned on him with the last GI bill vote.

His renegade reputation has been in question lately. It’s either, ‘where is it?’, or ‘why is he expressing it in THIS way?!’.

So I’m at the airport today reading the weekend Wall Street Journal and coming across some interesting articles on John McCain. Especially since very few media are doing any real coverage of him these days. Understandably so. Which is the point… click here to read whole article and make comments


FRIDAY, 27 JUNE 2008

A story the mainstream media didn’t report

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They never do much with the annual March for Life each January on the Mall of Washington on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

This is definitely newsworthy. But the major news media ignored it.

A coalition of African-American pastors and other pro-lifers marched on the headquarters of both major American political parties in Washington on Thursday to demand that the party committees and party candidates for office refuse the $10 million that Planned Parenthood has said it will spend to influence the 2008 elections.

Decrying what they called its “philosophy of prenatal murder in the black community,” the marchers also demanded that Planned Parenthood be stripped of its $350 million in taxpayer funding it receives each year.

The marchers visited the headquarters of both the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee. They were led by Day Gardner of the National Black Pro-Life Union and Dr. Alveda… click here to read whole article and make comments



Chicago politics

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Sen. Barack Obama being the hometown man in a presidential election, Chicago style politics, and analysis, plays an interesting role in this campaign season.

First, there’s this piece from the Chicago Tribune the other day saying, okay, there’s been plenty of focus on Obama’s race.

But Americans also have never sent a Chicagoan to the White House, and one intriguing question posed by his candidacy is whether they are ready to now.

After all, this is a very proud city. Or….is pride the gist here?

For all his talk about change, Obama remains a product of a Chicago and Illinois political culture renowned for corruption and filled with characters who range from felonious to just outrageous.

The piece goes back and forth on Obama’s political relations in Chicago, but the central point is that being a Democrat from Chicago will figure in to the campaigning ahead.… click here to read whole article and make comments



Obama’s Catholic advisors serve another purpose

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They are there to help the candidate reach out better and appeal more to ‘the Catholic vote’. But their presence is raising some questions of consistency and morality that haven’t been asked much. Yet.

Closed Cafeteria noticed yesterday that the Wall Street Journal examines this compromise.

Read the whole piece, it’s instructive. Look at the NARAL approval ratings of those Catholics, along with Sen. Obama’s 100 percent certification with the abortion group. If only there were more Bob Casey Srs. around today, strong pro-life Democrats who uphold the values and morals that made the party great.

As the piece points out, they do have morals. It’s just a choice set of them, selectively applied.

It’s not that Catholic Democrats lack a moral language. Sen. Richard Durbin (D., Ill.), for example, is another Catholic council member who also enjoys a 100% NARAL approval rating. During recent Senate hearings, he… click here to read whole article and make comments


MONDAY, 23 JUNE 2008

The political dictionary is limited

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Campaign slogans don’t tend to change (no pun intended), so we’re pretty much stuck hearing and seeing them for months on end. Imagine the potential for a candidate to fire up enthusiasm by actually saying something new, and often.

And Paul Jacob makes this good point about politically motivated language, as well.

Take the word “staunch.” Please. Somehow, “staunch” only applies to conservatives. He’s a “staunch conservative,” they say; she’s a “staunch opponent of big government.”

It’s such an ugly word. For some reason, when I hear it, or say it, I think of plumbing fiascos. Can’t we think of another word?

Like, uh, “principled”? “Faithful”? “Steadfast”?

Why not put the word “staunch” on our taboo list for a year? Or try to apply it only to liberals for a while. I really would like to read a news report describing a current liberal politician as… click here to read whole article and make comments


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