But the one I’m really mad about is the one of the church’s new pastor, Otis Moss III, talking about gangster rap and crack cocaine. They pulled that one, as well. Maybe it had something to do with his blaming gangster rap on suburban white kids and big corporate media. I didn’t really follow his logic, but somehow Ronald Reagan and AOL were involved and there’s a hint that the same people who created gangster rap also created crack cocaine.
Moss, continuing on his historical review of hip-hop: “But then something happened in 1984 at the same time that Time Warner/AOL and SONY and MCA realized they could make money off of this music, guess what, we will give you a contract and distribute your song if you put in the N-word, if you put in the H-word, if you put in the B-word…so when we talk about gangsta rap, we are not talking about something that came from the street, we are talking about what came from the corporate boardrooms…
“And the same time that gangsta rap rises, we also have crack hitting the streets…I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but it’s mightily strange that gangsta rap and crack hit the same time in our community.”
Earlier I posted that I thought the “Obama Watch” segment on Fox News Sunday was silly, but it looks like there might be more to the story than meets this eye. Jim Geraghty linked to this Melanie Morgan blog post today
As I was waiting to go on-the-air, Major Garrett of Fox News was on stand-by to do further reporting on his excellent interview with BHO in which he simply asked a number of questions like: “Did Reverand Wright marry you? Did Reverand Wright baptize your children? How often did you attend church? Did you donate money to the church?”
After that segment aired, Major Garrett’s phone started buzzing. He recieved a call from Obama’s campaign, and they were REAMING him over the report. From his end, I heard Garrett say “I have nothing to apologize for.”
He repeated that several times, and he amplified by saying that he was merely asking questions that everyone wanted answers to.
That did NOT satisfy Obama’s people, and Garrett flushed a couple of times while responding to the invective thrown his way.
He finally ended the conversation by saying ‘I’ll see you guys in April after I go home and visit my three children who barely know their father anymore.”
In one fell swoop last week, almost everything the media believed about Wall Street’s heroes and villains was turned on its head. On the very day the papers were chronicling Eliot Spitzer’s dalliance with prostitutes, news was breaking that Stephen Schwarzman was making one of the largest donations ever to a cultural institution. Suddenly, the Sheriff of Wall Street looked like an oversexed hypocrite, while the guy who supposedly symbolized everything wrong with the Street — greed, excess and a taste for pricey crabs — looked, well, not that bad at all. How did differentiating the black hats from the white hats become so confusing?
“AN ATTACK ON OUR SENIOR PASTOR AND THE HISTORY OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN CHURCH”:
Chicago, Ill. (March 15, 2008) — Nearly three weeks before the 40th commemorative anniversary of the murder of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Reverend Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.’s character is being assassinated in the public sphere because he has preached a social gospel on behalf of oppressed women, children and men in America and around the globe.
“Dr. Wright has preached 207,792 minutes on Sunday for the past 36 years at Trinity United Church of Christ. This does not include weekday worship services, revivals and preaching engagements across America and around the globe, to ecumenical and interfaith communities. It is an indictment on Dr. Wright’s ministerial legacy to present his global ministry within a 15- or 30-second sound bite,” said the Reverend Otis Moss III, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ.
Since the church has the records to show that exactly 207,792 minutes of sermons have occurred on Sunday, maybe they can release all 207,792 minutes of actual text so the evil media can give a proper evaluation of the context of the sermons. Also, any days you can provide that Senator Obama was in attendance would be much appreciated as well…
Here is where it gets interesting. According to the Jewish Chronicle: “The Spitzer affair also had an Israeli angle. According to court records, Mark Brener, the alleged leader of the ‘The Emperor’s Club’ prostitution ring, held an Israeli passport. Brener was said by his attorney to have been a US citizen for the past 20 years.”
The Chronicle then adds that Spitzer “spearheaded the 2004 investigation into financial misconduct in the World Jewish Congress, publishing a damning report about WJC mismanagement and unregistered payments to senior officials. The investigation led to a deal which barred then WJC Executive Director Israel Singer from being in charge of its finances.” Singer was later fired.
Now Internet journalists are suggesting that Spitzer may have been targeted. FreeMarketNews.com says “Spitzer took on Wall Street like no other attorney general before him… His targets in the past have included everyone from big Wall Street investment banks and the $7.5 trillion mutual fund industry to polluting power plants and supermarket chains that underpaid delivery workers.”
Wayne Madsen says Emperor’s Club VIP, the prostitution firm that entangled Spitzer in a call girl ring, is viewed by US intelligence as a front for Israel’s intelligence agency, the Mossad.
“The sources claim that Spitzer was ‘outed’ for his aggressiveness in attacking money launderers connected to Russian-Israeli organized crime syndicates and other Wall Street malfeasance.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hoping to prod Barack Obama into appearing on its show, “Fox News Sunday” launched the “Obama Watch,” a weekly update on the number of days the Democratic presidential candidate has failed to appear on the program.
Host Chris Wallace said Sunday that Obama promised him in March 2006 that he would come on the show, but the Illinois senator has since demurred.
Since then, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Obama’s rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, has been a guest twice and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the likely Republican nominee for president, has shown up a half dozen times.
“Many of you have sent us e-mails asking why the senator won’t come on ‘Fox News Sunday’ and face tough questioning,” Wallace said toward the end of the hourlong broadcast. “It has now been 730 days, 13 hours, 53 minutes and nine — no, 10 seconds and counting since Obama agreed to be a guest on ‘Fox News Sunday.’”
“Tune in next week for the latest,” he said.
When you watch the video, there’s the added benefit of the sound-effect from the “24″ clock.
WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States dropped China from its list of the world’s worst human rights violators, but added Syria, Uzbekistan and Sudan to the alleged offenders in an annual report released Tuesday.
The State Department’s 2007 Human Rights Report showed China, which has raised hopes it will improve human rights by hosting the 2008 Olympics, had parted company with countries like North Korea, Myanmar and Iran.
No reason was given for removing China — which has been a key partner in talks with Washington to denuclearize North Korea — from the list, but the new report said China’s “overall human rights record remained poor” in 2007.
On Friday, it got to be too much for Alegre, a diarist on the flagship liberal blog DailyKos, who frequently writes in support of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
“I’ve put up with the abuse and anger because I’ve always believed in what our online community has tried to accomplish in this world,” Alegre wrote Friday evening. “No more.”
Objecting to the tone of attacks against Mrs. Clinton and her supporters on the blog, the diarist called for a “writers strike.”
“This is a strike – a walkout over unfair writing conditions at DailyKos. It does not mean that if conditions get better I won’t ‘work’’ at DailyKos again,” Alegre wrote, promising to come back only “if we ever get to the point where we’re engaging each other in discussion rather than facing off in shouting matches.”
Barack Obama took to the airwaves Friday night to distance himself from his pastor, Reverend Wright. He also posted at the Huffington Post on the subject. His conclusion:
With Rev. Wright’s retirement and the ascension of my new pastor, Rev. Otis Moss, III, Michelle and I look forward to continuing a relationship with a church that has done so much good. And while Rev. Wright’s statements have pained and angered me, I believe that Americans will judge me not on the basis of what someone else said, but on the basis of who I am and what I believe in; on my values, judgment and experience to be President of the United States.
“I look forward to continuing a relationship with a church that has done so much good” is the problem. It’s not just what Reverend Wright says at the pulpit, it’s that the entire congregation applauds and cheers when he says it.
The Tibetan capital Lhasa erupted in deadly violence Friday as security forces used gunfire to quell the biggest protests against Chinese rule in two decades, officials and rights groups said.
The protests, which spread outside Tibet into other areas of China, came amid a growing international campaign by Tibetans to challenge Beijing’s rule of the Himalayan region ahead of the Olympic Games in August.
Several people lost their lives and many others were injured in Lhasa on Friday, an official at the city’s medical emergency centre told AFP, with Radio Free Asia reporting at least two people had been killed by Chinese bullets.
The United States, Britain and other European states expressed concern over the violence, with the White House calling on Beijing to “respect Tibetan culture” and the US ambassador here asking officials to “act with restraint”.
Q: I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but it’s all over the wire today (from an ABC News story), a statement that your pastor (the Rev. Jeremiah Wright of Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago’s South Side) made in a sermon in 2003 that instead of singing “God Bless America,” black people should sing a song essentially saying “God Damn America.”
A: I haven’t seen the line. This is a pastor who is on the brink of retirement who in the past has made some controversial statements. I profoundly disagree with some of these statements.
Q: What about this particular statement?
A: Obviously, I disagree with that. Here is what happens when you just cherry-pick statements from a guy who had a 40-year career as a pastor. There are times when people say things that are just wrong. But I think it’s important to judge me on what I’ve said in the past and what I believe.
As opposed to when Obama cherry-picks from statements of John McCain like McCain’s “100 years in Iraq” statement that is being taken out of context. That’s OK I guess.
The Moscow Times has been publishing a ten-part series on how Putin’s regime established its authoritarian hold on Russia. No. 10 deals with the energy sector:
One of the most worrisome results of the past eight years, insiders and analysts said, is that Russia may soon face the prospect of failing to produce enough oil and gas supplies to feed growing markets both at home and abroad.
One hallmark of Putin’s presidency was the decision to liberalize gas prices inside the country, due to be achieved by 2011, in order to make the domestic market more attractive for its producers.
Yet, the fact remains that production at Soviet-era fields in western Siberia is dwindling, and political distraction, in addition to unfavorably high tax regimes, means that the Arctic and eastern offshores remain largely undeveloped.
“This is the result of the fact that private initiatives have been curbed and the advantage has been given to state companies, whose interest is not in production, but in the redistribution of control,” Milov said.
Earlier this week we noted the BBC’s false report (with video!) regarding the alleged Israeli demolition of the home of the mass murderer who struck the students at the yeshiva in Jerusalem. Now CAMERA updates its original post establishing the falsity of the BBC report. Yesterday the BBC broadcast a clarification noting that its report was, well, false:
Now, we would like to clarify a report we heard at this hour last Friday about the attack by a Palestinian gunman on a Jewish seminary in Jerusalem. In the report, the day after the attack, BBC World said that the gunman’s home in east Jerusalem had been demolished by the Israeli authorities. That was not correct, and the images broadcast were of another demolition.
CAMERA drily observes: “Still to be clarified are the underlying judgements and procedures that led the BBC to air this footage.”
First thing’s first this morning: A big LB shout-out to the SDNY prosecutors. We’ve been so wrapped up with Spitzer’s fancy defense team, Bob Buchwald’s assignment of the century, and, courtesy of the NY Post, this morning’s revelation that “Kristen” sports a belly tattoo that reads “tutela valui” (”fair value” in Latin), that we forgot all about the government lawyers working the other side of what might be the most high-profile prostitution bust of all time.