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Maxing Out The Race Card? **Open Thread**

Two prominent members of the House of Representatives, Charlie Rangel, and Maxine Waters, are both facing a number of Ethics charges. Both are fighting these charges, and Rep. Waters has also intimated these charges are based on race, not any wrong doing on her part. Yeah. Okay.

I am sure it will not surprise you to learn that when the shoe was on the other foot, a Republican being charged with Ethics charges some time ago, Waters was all too ready to pile on.

Now the shoe is on the other foot, as Bill Hemmer discusses with NPR and Fox contributor, Juan Williams in this clip below:



So, Rep. Rangel made a 37-minute long speech about his mistreatment by the House. Oh, woe is me, right Charlie? I thought Stephen Hayes made some good points about Rep. Rangel in the discussion below near the end:

Sorry, Charlie, many of us are not buying what you are selling, especially in terms of that half a million…

Well, I reckon we’ll see soon enough what will come of these two trials, though Rangel is right – don’t leave him swinging in the wind. Put him on trial now, or expel him. Go for it. Any day now.

As for the race card Rep. Waters has used, and will be using, I think we all knew that was going to happen during one (or both) of these trials. So, when I happened to catch the following Larry Wilmore segment on Rangel and Waters with on The Daily Show, I was laughing my, um, head, off:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Race Card Is Maxed Out
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party

Hilarious, right? I thought so. The race card has been maxed out. Oh, if only that was true…

Consider this an Open Thread. Discuss this or anything else going on.

  • bamaLV

    they have all overstayed their welcome. especially harry reid.  sharon angles campaign need to make an ad asking “what has harry reid done for nevada?”then have a camera pan all the closed up stores and shopping centers, all the forclosure signs everywhere in las vegas  and all the lines at the unemployment offices. then end with harrys own words “need i say anymore?”  all this with “viva Las Vegas” playing in the backround. it would make a powerful campaign ad.  anyone know  how do i get this idea to her campaign?

  • bamaLV

    sharon angle’s campaign need to make an ad showing all the closed up stores and shopping centers  , all the people lined up at the unemployment offices,and all the  forclosure signs everywhere in las vegas , starting with question “what has harry reid done for nevada?” and ending with harrys own words “que. need i say more?” maybe “viva las vegas could be playing in the backround. i think it would make a great campaIgn ad.

  • andysf

    No way I will vote for a loser regardless of who’s on the ticket.

  • EllenD

    THey’re now taking vacations from their vacations.

  • Breeze

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    Sen. Schumer: ‘Sour’ electorate
    reluctant to give Dems credit

    The Hill [Washington, DC],
    by J. Taylor Rushing   

    Original Article

    Photoonist- 8/12/2010

    “Sour” voters reluctant to award Democrats for their legislative success are one of the reasons the party is trailing in the polls, according to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). But Senate leaders will keep trying to change that with a jobs-based September agenda, the Senate Democratic Conference vice chairman said Thursday. (Snip) “It’s the world we’re in. It’s a much more negative, critical world, and people are sour now,” he said. “The thing they’re most sour about is the future, not the present.”

  • Breeze

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    Ground Zero mosque plans ‘fuelling
    anti-Muslim protests across US’

     
    Guardian [UK],
    by Chris McGreal   

    Original Article

    8/12/2010

    The battle over plans to build a mosque near the site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York is fuelling a surge in anti-Muslim protests across the US, including opposition to new Islamic centres from California to Georgia. Religious leaders and civil rights activists warn that a tide of Islamophobia that has swept the country since the destruction of the twin towers is being heightened by political exploitation of the New York dispute before nationwide elections and is increasingly bound up with hostility to immigrants and other forms of racism.

  • Breeze

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    On VJ Day, New Generations Remember
     
    Wall Street Journal,
    by Mark Yost   

    Original Article

    8/12/2010 

    Warwick, R.I. We’ve long known that our World War II veterans were dying at an alarming rate. Some estimates put the figure at 1,000 a day. With them go important personal stories that will no longer be told, along with photo albums, scrapbooks and mementos. But as Sunday’s 65th anniversary of VJ Day approaches, I’m happy to report that for all the talk about the dwindling numbers of “the Greatest Generation,” there are new generations stepping up to keep their memory alive. Namely, the veterans’ children and grandchildren….

  • Breeze

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    Obama’s Islamic America
     
    Washington Times,
    by Editorial   

    Original Article

    8/12/2010

    President Obama says Islam has always been part of America, which raises the question, does the president know something about American history that we don’t? It has become customary for presidents to offer greetings to various religious communities on the occasion of their most holy days. Presidents Ford and Carter both issued Ramadan messages, as did Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush. The Ramadan greeting became intensely political during Mr. Bush’s tenure because he was seeking to dispel the charge that the war on terrorism was a crusade against Islam….

  • Janis

    You forgot women.  If we weren’t supposed to be hated on, it wouldn’t be so much fun.

  • FLDemFem

    Their assets are in a blind trust, so that they don’t know, allegedly, how the money is invested. That is supposed to keep the president from influencing the value of his portfolio through legislation or other actions. He can spend money of his own, he just can’t say how his investments are set up for the duration of his term.

  • FLDemFem

    The political parties and candidates should realize that the only contribution they should be asking for is a citizen’s vote. That and not the money spent is what gets them into office. Yes, I know, campaigns..but these days you can do it on a shoestring, given the internet and other almost free venues. So if the candidates and parties concentrate on doing right by the citizens of this country, they will get the votes to continue to do so. That is what they should be doing, not collecting money to bullshit in more places on their campaigns.

  • getfitnow

    I wonder what Maxine’s constituents think about the banker? Very similar to Rev. Wright.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/11/AR2010081105561_pf.html

  • stodghie

    ditto. it is nice to see george smile and look relaxed.

  • PssttCmere

    Technically, we should be allowed to fire all their asses….

    “Say What You Will…It Feels So Good”

  • greenlantern

    Bless them both for this. BTW, noticing GW’s clothes look a little loose on him.

  • sowsear

    Maybe he’s on that Islamic calendar that we read about yesterday…the one that put Obama’s birthday in Feb. 1961

  • foxyladi14

    they need more then a nudge..lol

  • sowsear

    Hi Onofre’s arm :-D 8-) :-D

  • sowsear

    I do not believe them…..anyway, no how.
    I thought most of their assets were in trust. Where do they get 400K?

  • sowsear

    Even if you saw their certified check made out to the Treasury…nothing would stop Timmy from giving them a rebate or paying for something else that they owed.

  • sowsear

    Effigy of Obama at NJ shore arcade replaced by likenesses of Biden and H. Clinton–after visit from secret service…Yep, just like the ones of Palin and Obama in the Christmas displays in 2008.
    http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/weird/Obama-Effigy-Replaced-by-Hillary-and-Bush-100525504.html

  • sowsear

    Iwas blonde, now I’m a suicide blonde..dyed by my own hand.

  • My Site (click to edit)

    And don’t forget they were the pirates Adams and Jefferson battled.

  • My Site (click to edit)

    And what contributions would those be?

  • skeeter

    The DOJ will lose because the United States Congress authorizes states to enforce emigration laws (in 1996)” in partnership” with federal laws, IE “constitutional Law(s). Obama, the DOJ, Homeland Security are in violation of 287g of the Immigration and Nationality Act Arizona has requested, NO, Arizona has demanded that “Partnership” and Obama and his administration are refusing. They are refusing to comply with 287g and ICE’s head officials are obedient to Obama in that refusal in that they too are laboring for Amnesty instead of enforcing existing law. 287g is law, not a request.

  • Justine

    Millions of acres were set aside by President Carter.  Maybe Obummer is following his example…
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  • skeeter

      Yeah, right. The only difference in “Race” and “Ethnicity” is one isn’t Politically Correct and the other is Race Neutral. The PC word for “race” today is “Variation(s)”. However, that variation shows up in a huge number  of differentiations. For example, Asian IQ on the average is 105, European caucasion 95, Sub Saharin African 60-65. 60 is considered borderline mental retardation. Kenya is Sub Saharan, Obama’s homeland, according to his wife and several other close associates of his.

  • Ferd Premium Saltine Berfle

    It’s not about his age per se as it is about spending the better part of a lifetime in the congress. That’s just wrong IMHO.
    =============
    Then why make an issue of age?

  • Charlotte

    Thanks to the genetics revolution we now know that there is no such thing as race. The Human Genome Project (HGP) has determined unequivocally that there is the same amount of genetic variation among individuals within a so called racial group as there is between individuals in different racial groups. What that means is that there is no real genetic difference between blacks and whites or between whites and Asians or between any of the so called races.  ”

    extraordinary. You have taken the findings and interpreted them in exactly the opposite meaning. Unless you are being facetious.
    Why are people so determined to say we’re the “same” as if that cures all ill feeling. There is ill feeling among the “same” anyway. “Diversity” does not mean “same.” It means harmony among the different. Admitting, acknowledging differences, even “celebrating” them.
    In fact, the races are so physiologically different that you can target a race with biologically accurate weapons. The West has experimented clandestinely and so has North Korea. Among those with any info about “black ops” (government sponsored operations off the public stageand not openly funded by Congress), this is old news, actually. There is a factor called “genetic distance” and the charts can be found on line. Black Africans are at near maximum genetic distance from Europeans. Interestingly, they are also at genetic distance from blacks of New Guinea.
    You’re right. It isn’t just color. Indeed, color is a poor marker, though a very visible one. It is in the bone structure, the physiological makeup.
    I can’t begin to go into the manifold ways in which  your comment is wrong (if you are serious.)
    Really–you have to get over the idea that “different genetically” is bad. We have profound differences among us and these differences affect such vital factors as disease profile. There is a web site called gnxp.com (run by an Indian American) which could answer questions on the matter.

  • TeakWoodKite

    So is there an MOU? Or is your point that the the DOJ will loose because supremacy is rendered moot?

  • skeeter

    Mexican Presidente Felipe Calderon is projecting the idea of legalizing all drugs. Think about that for a moment. Making all drugs legal. Maybe it would cause more people to use drugs but it would also put a lot of drug dealers out of business. Would that ease the illegal immigrant traffic or make it worse? What would be the pros and cons–if any at all?

  • Breeze

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    In Bush v. Obama, Bush Wins in a Rout
     
    Commentary Magazine,
    by Peter Wehner   

    Original Article

    8/12/2010

    According to Reuters: President Barack Obama attacked the economic policies of his Republican predecessor George W. Bush in Bush’s home state… as evidence of the way Republicans would operate if given power in Nov. 2 U.S. congressional elections. At a fund-raising event for Democrats in Dallas, where Bush now lives, Obama said the former president’s “disastrous” policies had driven the U.S. economy into the ground and turned budget surpluses into deficits….

  • Breeze

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    Summerville council to take up
    illegal immigrant ordinance tonight

     
    Post and Courier [SC],
    by Staff   

    Original Article

    8/12/2010

    SUMMERVILLE — Town Council will take up a proposal tonight that would prevent illegal immigrants from living in the community. Councilman Walter Bailey says the ordinance would prevent illegal immigrants from living in the town and in most cases keep them from working here. Bailey, a former 1st Circuit solicitor, says the idea was prompted in part by the Obama administration’s challenge of the new Arizona immigration law….

  • Breeze

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    NBC’s Todd Proclaims If GOP
    Wins in November It’s Still ‘A Bad
    Election Night For All of Washington’

     
    NewsBusters,
    by Geoffrey Dickens   

    Original Article

    8/12/2010

    On Thursday’s Today show, NBC’s chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd started building the narrative for the liberal media in case the Republicans win majorities in the House and Senate in the upcoming midterms – that is the voters are just cranky about everything. Todd even went on to absurdly state that if the GOP has a big win it will still be seen as a “A bad election night for all of Washington.” All of Washington? Even for the party that is victorious? Todd, on with Today co-anchor Ann Curry, came up with that conclusion after reciting results….

  • Ferd Premium Saltine Berfle

    On the contrary. I did more than my part in trying to educate the American people; I couldn’t have done more. And, personally, I’m not going to waste my time or money ever again on ANY candidate
    =======================
    Obviously it wasn’t enough. That Is why I stated that I would work more dilligently next time. One who does nothing has no right to bitch about results and that goes for you, too. And as for a waste of time or money, we’re getting it in spades with the reprobate in the White House (yeah, the bots will call me racist but it’s an EXPRESSION). I am now an independent but lean towards Republicans because at least they say what they do and vice versa.

  • Alex/Ind

    AND Addendum

    Would eliminate all the Green cards & visas  as well as halt all legal immigration (for a while as is 1million/yr!) and mandate U. S. citizens employed first. 

    Know how many refugees the Back Causuc got into this counntry from Clinton to present? 

    Are many of you even aware that all these senios immigrants who come over here are put on free medical & soc. secssi?!!!

  • Docelder

    I only watch and read foreign news now for the most part for the past two years. The British news has had this guys number for a long time. This guy gets it. It is so simple.

    Barack Obama has made it clear that he doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism, and has made apologising for his country into an art form.

  • Murray

    The teens are ‘way ahead of us.  They yell “racist” as a joke.  To illustrate:

    Just last week, 3 high-school-age teens:  1 white girl, 1 white boy, 1 black boy, were sitting on the sidewalk, outside the front door of our place of business.  (I should add that the vast majority of our clientele are well-heeled and elderly). 

    I informed them that this is private property, and they couldn’t hang out here.  They all got up to leave, and as they turned, the black one said loudly, “You’re racist!” 

    At this point, the girl immediately put her finger to her lips and “shushed” him, and they left.

    To the kids, it’s a joke; yet they also know that us old folks take it seriously.

  • margaret

    Thanks for posting!  It’s true on election day the political majority voted for this fool, but we also know that in the primaries the political majority chose Hillary.

  • skeeter

    Obama’s Justice Department claims Arizona is usurping the Federal Governments authority by enforcing immigration laws. Quite to the contrary Obama, the Justice Department, and Homeland Security are the ones in violation of the Law. This is why Arizona will win in their appeal.
    http://www.ice.gov/partners/287g/Section287_g.htm

      
    Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act

    The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRAIRA), effective September 30, 1996, added Section 287(g), performance of immigration officer functions by state officers and employees, to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). This authorizes the secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to enter into agreements with state and local law enforcement agencies, permitting designated officers to perform immigration law enforcement functions, pursuant to a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), provided that the local law enforcement officers receive appropriate training and function under the supervision of sworn U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers.
    The cross-designation between ICE and state and local patrol officers, detectives, investigators and correctional officers working in conjunction with ICE allows these local and state officers: necessary resources and latitude to pursue investigations relating to violent crimes, human smuggling, gang/organized crime activity, sexual-related offenses, narcotics smuggling and money laundering; and increased resources and support in more remote geographical locations.

  • getfitnow

    So my question is, is the committee suppose to wait until a REALLY, REALLY BIG occurs to wage charges?

    Perhaps I’ll try that argument when I get a parking ticket ($37) in the bay area when it’s expired just a couple of minutes–not more. R-I-G-H-T!

    Swamp draining time!