“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Saturday, June 21, 2008

"Can America see through a racial charlatan?"

"They're going to try to make you afraid of me. He's young and inexperienced and he's got a funny name. And did I mention he's black?"

Obama Drops Pre-Emptive Race Bomb
Rick Moran American Thinker

The 2008 Presidential race finally got underway yesterday as Barack Obama used his race to try and innoculate himself against criticism:

Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama said on Friday he expects Republicans to highlight the fact that he is black as part of an effort to make voters afraid of him.

."It is going to be very difficult for Republicans to run on their stewardship of the economy or their outstanding foreign policy," Obama told a fundraiser in Jacksonville, Florida. "We know what kind of campaign they're going to run. They're going to try to make you afraid.

"They're going to try to make you afraid of me. He's young and inexperienced and he's got a funny name. And did I mention he's black?"

He said he was also set for Republicans to say "he's got a feisty wife," in trying to attack his wife Michelle.

We expected it, of course. It is his greatest political weapon and he will use it again and again, shamelessly accusing the GOP of bringing up his race (even, as this proves, when they don't) in order to deflect criticism away from he and his wife for anything they say or any associations in their past.

The press will let him get away with it because they are terrified of being accused of racism themselves.

Let me just say to those doubters who may believe otherwise, take a walk through the comments section of this blog and others. See how many Obama advocates simply dismiss any opposition to their candidate as "racism." It is this simple minded sophistry that the candidate will use in order to quiet opposition to his programs once he is elected as well.

It has been asked "Is America ready for a black president?" Maybe a more relevant question would be "Can America see through a racial charlatan who will shamlessly use the color of his skin to avoid debating the tough issues and call his opponents "racists" for disagreeing with him?


  1. Never trust a man with a moustache, my aunt always used to say. Add to that a bow tie, top hat, and from Chicago, she'd say, "Bob, there'll be trouble."

  2. "I could no more disown Reverend Wright than I could my own white grandmother."

    Being white, that kind of makes me edgy.

  3. As to doug's question about the German POWs, last thread, there is the answer, they were POWs.

    The terrorists are not POWs, that was made clear from the beginning. If they had been, they'd have had Geneva Convention protections and could not have been interrigated. Let alone waterboarded.

    Since they are not POWs, they must be criminals.
    Although Team43 tried to invent a new category, "illegal enemy combatant", that did not pass Constitutional inspection.

    So the fellows are either POWs or criminals, each of the currently legal designations carry both debits and credits.

    Still, with regards the election, no pro-McCain articles or threads.
    No thread extolling the benefits of Carbon Cap & Trade, of the AirBus tankers superiority over Boeings' product, no pro Comprehensive Immigration Reform stories. The McCain position that Gitmo should be closed and waterboarding considered torture.

    What's up with all that silence?

    Everyone that posts, here at the Bar, agrees. Obama is a pig in a poke. I think that John is right there, wallowing right next to him, and has been in the mud much, much longer.

    As Newt said, being against Obama will not get 'er done.
    Not by a long shot considering the facts on the ground, financing most of all.

    Still waiting to hear what anyone's position on border security is, before I consider voting for him.

  4. Since these people really are in a new category, not pow's because they have no nation, and not street criminals, it makes perfect sense to me to adopt a new name for the existing reality--illegal enemy combatants. Then since they'
    re not on American soil, and should be beyond the courts, unless they court's reach extends worldwide like the Brussels court wants and claims to do, let the President and Congress work it out. Our courts are like all institutions, almost all, always wanting to extend the reach. It's odd and sad that the one that was supposed to be the one, or see itself as the one, to prevent the others from over reaching, over reaches itself. Congress has a remedy but would never use it, unless the Libertarians or the Constitutionalists should ever gain power. And by the time they did, they would probably be co-opted too.

    Rat, there is the None Of The Above Movement, Bumper Stickers Available as an option. Support America, the Constitution, and Democracy--don't vote!

    I have a cousin my age who has never voted yet--way, way ahead of the curve.

  5. In WWII, Germans w/o uniforms were considered spies and often summarily eliminated.

  6. Inside a 9/11 Mastermind’s Interrogation

    The story of an analyst who interrogated Khalid Shaikh Mohammed without harsh tactics offers the closest look to date at the C.I.A.’s interrogation program.

  7. At Westhawk:

    jfmarcelo said...
    Acabo de ver tu blog.
    Espero que visites mis blogs, son fotos de mi pueblo, de España y de Italia y Francia:

    donde encontrarás los enlaces de todos los blogs.

    Translation? comments?

  8. Greenkill:

    The video showed an insurgent who had escaped attack and hid in a courtyard a few feet from a grazing mule.
    It then showed Apache helicopter fire killing the insurgent, while the mule was left grazing beside the corpse.

  9. jfmarcelo Said ...
    I just see your blog.
    I hope that you visit my blogs, there are photos of my people, Spain and Italy and France:

    where you'll find links to all blogs.
    A greeting.


    Push one for English. Push two for deportation., Push three for prison.

    Join in supporting the English Language Amendment.

    Pulse uno para Inglés. Pulse dos para la deportación. Pulse tres para la cárcel.

    Únase a nosotros en el apoyo a la Enmienda del Idioma Inglés.

    Warning: Don't trust that google translator, it sucks.

    No confíes en que google traductor, es una mierda.

    Original text: Translation: English » Spanish
    shit = mierda

    google translated my "it sucks" to "es una mierda"--it's a shit

  10. obama is black?

    i thought his mother was white...

    you know the story...

    one drop of white blood and the africans dont consider you BLACK

    but really i hate him for the company he keeps for 22 years

  11. WiO: one drop of white blood and the africans dont consider you BLACK

    And it works the other way too:

    Fellowship Baptist Church in Saltillo, Mississippi, voted out a 12-year-old boy who "asked Jesus to live in his heart" at the church two weeks ago. Why the ban? Joe is biracial, and church members didn't want the black side of his family attending with him.

  12. "Suffer the little ones to come unto me."


    "Whoever leads one of these astray he would be better off if a millstone were put around his neck and he be cast in the sea."

    Joe is biracial, and church members didn't want the black side of his family attending with him.

    Really, church members didn't want the black side of Joe attending with them. Joe is alot better off most other places.

  13. Lillith...

    my comment "WiO: one drop of white blood and the africans dont consider you BLACK" was sarcasm

    Since the black culture of this country has NO value for any white ancestors in any way shape or form...

    In south africa however they do view race as the following...

    white colored asian black

  14. A new seal debuted on Obama's podium Friday, sporting iconography used in the U.S. presidential seal, the blue background, the eagle clutching arrows on left and olive branch on right, but with symbolic differences. Instead of the Latin 'E pluribus unum' (Out of many, one), Obama's says 'Vero possumus', rough Latin for 'Yes, we can.' Instead of 'Seal of the President of the United States', Obama's Web site address is listed. And instead of a shield, Obama's eagle wears his 'O' campaign logo with a rising sun representing hope ahead.
    (AP Photo

    Great Seal Of Obama

    This is one of the most disgusting things he's said or done. And a rising sun, jeez don't they have any respect for the vets. Has any other candidate ever done anything similar? I can't recall it. I find it really really offensive. It's not his darned seal, it's our seal. Wouldn't put on the flag pin, too good for that, won't put his hand on his heart, expropriates a national symbol for his own use. This guy's got a well disguised but out of control ego.

  15. though no longer well disguised

  16. Where ever the US military stands, bob, that's a natural part of America.

    Or John McCain could not be President.

    The US military extends US sovereignty, along with US laws and customs. If we had summarily executed those criminals, then there'd be no one to interrigate, doug.

    Kahild Sheik Mohammed was not captured on the battlefield, but handed over to the US, by Pakistan.
    After he'd been arrested, there.

    So he is a common criminal, well perhaps uncommon, but still, just a criminal.

    It is understandable that the Executive branch would try to extend its' power around the globe, while trying to limit the Courts to just the US, but that is not how American Empire is shaking out. Checks and balances have gone global, along with Americas' Empire.

    Where the US military stands, there stands the US Constitution, warts and all.

  17. I say again, bob ...

    He will have great charisma & speaking ability, "a mouth speaking great things".

    He will rise to power on a wave of world euphoria, as he temporarily saves the world from its desperate economic, military & political problems with a brilliant 7-year plan for world peace, economic stability & religious freedom.

    His power base will include the leading nations of Europe, whose leaders, the Bible says, will "give their power & strength unto the beast."

    Daniel also tells us that he will have a "fierce countenance" or stern look, and will be "more stout than his fellows"--more proud and boastful.

    He's no messiah, but that not the only role the Biblical plot line calls for.

  18. A slight difference to the Seals, bob.
    The Presidental seal, is for the United States.

    Obama's is for America.

    That, amigo, makes all the difference.

  19. Pre-emption is being turned upside down. On the one hand we have very complicated analytical models that “prove” anthropogenic global warming - the Left will not be shining its light of many colors in that direction. On the other hand we have drug traffic out of Mexico approaching 65% of GDP and porous borders in the context of portable nuclear weapons. Shine the light of many colors on the latter and you get stalement. A does not cause B. Nobody can agree on anything except global warming. Written in concrete it is. Might as well be in the Bible.

  20. Daniel also tells us that he will have a "fierce countenance" or stern look, and will be "more stout than his fellows"--more proud and boastful.

    But will He be lanky, and be big with ears? And will He have smoked Crack in His youth, when he could afford it?

    Those are the questions, Rat. Those are the questions.

  21. Point me to where it is said in the books that the times would preceded by great warmings. When I see that I may come to believe.

  22. It’s the post-modern narrative. Wretchard touched on this recently. Truth is not absolute. It is created, by the narrative.

    I think it is CNN that introduced a new talk show led by Fareed Zakaria. His first set of guests included Christiana Amanpour (sp?) who has made a name for herself and quite a following with her reporting from the Middle East. I forgot what the question was but the first words out of her mouth were “look, we all know global warming is real …”

    I switched to the SciFi channel and picked up a good alien bug movie.

    McCain can win this. Whether Rat can be convinced to vote for him is another question. Gingrich is absolutely correct that it will take more than a vote against Obama. Other than that I have nothing more to add. Except I am curious to see how the electorate goes. Unless McCain gives himself some more definition, a lot of the voters will be lined up along that lemming cliff.

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  24. I would never vote for McCain, not for President.
    Nor Senator, either.

    But he'll carry Arizona without me, I do believe. The transient electorate here does not know his history, or him. His myth plays well amonst the old folk, who have come here to retire and die, millions of 'em.

    Going negative on Obama, will not carry McCain to the White House, if that is the objective.

    What is there to vote for?

  25. I think he's got to go negative on Obama. He needs to talk about him the way he is talked about here, but more politely of course. He's got to attack all those connections with bad asses, his murky past. (I know, Rat will say McCain will be conterattacked)
    What are they going to argue about, immigration? The war, but people seem sick of it, though it's hard to call it a disaster. Gas prices would have gone up anyway. If I was McCain I'd be attacking as much as possible. What's he going to lose by it, the black vote? He ought to take a Sheriff Joe attitude to immigration, course he won't.

  26. He's got to make people think there is something to vote for.

  27. Christiana was a major reason I quit watching the tube. Hell, it just ain't worth. Just makes you angry all the time.

  28. Rat - the ony thing I can say is that going negative on Obama is not for the objective of electing McCain, but it is because we don't like Obama's background - his training, character, motivation, judgment, ideology.

    Your hatred of McCain seems to be born of up close and personal experience. There is nothing that I can say.

    Except McCain in 2008.

  29. I like ad-homos:

    Call him
    "a son of a typical white person"

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  31. Got it. And Soros is ever watchful.

    On June 18, a Post editorial made the same point again and noted that Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyard Zebari told Obama in a phone conversation that a precipitate withdrawal would embolden al-Qaida and Iran. But Obama told ABC News' Jake Tapper he said no such thing. Perhaps he's still trying to avoid facing facts that undermine his narrative. Which might also explain why he said he was willing to meet Mahmoud Ahmadinejad without preconditions while he has not been able to find time to meet with Petraeus.

    Facts Are Stubborn Things

  32. He's got to make people think there is something to vote for.

    That there is a there there.

    I wrote a few paragraphs pyschoanalyzing McCain the way Obama has been dissected by the racial profilers. I will not be publishing these thoughts, but I think McCain has to release himself from the mob connections by defining himself in a meaningful way. This assuredly wouldn't get the Rat's vote but it would get the attention of the American people who are looking for more than a sonorous voice with a glowing light in the background.

    The one thing people like George Soros underestimate is the lingering middle class values that still infuse this country. They are much weaker than the last century but they still endure.

  33. The Black Jews of Africa--Circumcisism, Genetics, and the Long Lost Ark, and the Lemba

    Was reading Tudor Parfitt's book "The Lost Ask of the Covenant"--interesting at least.

  34. One more--wouldn't you know it, one of Obama's foreign policy advisors is linked to the kidnapping of Elian Gonzalez by a federal swat team. He's now a brain washed member of the Commie Youth in Cuba.


  35. Polling from this morning's Washington Post:

    ...Even so, just over half of whites in the new poll called Obama a "risky" choice for the White House, while two-thirds said McCain is a "safe" pick. Forty-three percent of whites said Obama has sufficient experience to serve effectively as president, and about two in 10 worry he would overrepresent the interests of African Americans.

    Obama will be forced to confront these views as he seeks to broaden his appeal. He leads in the Post-ABC poll by six percentage points among all adults, but among those who are most likely to vote, the contest is a tossup, with McCain at 48 percent and Obama at 47 percent.

    His campaign advisers hope race may prove a benefit, that heightened enthusiasm among African Americans will make Obama competitive in GOP-leaning states with large black populations. But to win in November, Obama most likely will have to close what is now a 12-point deficit among whites. (Whites made up 77 percent of all voters in 2004; blacks were 11 percent, according to network exit polls.)

    This is hardly the first time a Democratic candidate has faced such a challenge -- Al Gore lost white voters by 12 points in 2000, and John F. Kerry lost them by 17 points in 2004 -- but it is a significantly larger shortfall than Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton encountered in their winning campaigns.

    Many think Obama has the potential to transform current racial politics. Nearly six in 10 believe his candidacy will shake up the racial status quo, for better or worse. And by nearly 3 to 1, those who think Obama's candidacy will affect race relations said it will have a positive impact. (Four in 10 said it probably will not make much of a difference.)

    African Americans are much more optimistic than whites on this score: Sixty percent said Obama's candidacy will do more to help race relations, compared with 38 percent of whites. Two-thirds of those supporting him for president think it will improve the situation.

    But sorting out the impact of these and other racial attitudes on the presidential election is not straightforward.

    About a fifth of whites said a candidate's race is important in determining their vote, but Obama does no worse among those who said so than among those who called it a small factor or no factor.

    Nor are whites who said they have at least some feelings of racial prejudice more or less apt to support Obama than those who profess no such feelings.

    Putting several measures together into a "racial sensitivity index" reveals that these attitudes have a significant impact on vote preferences, independent of partisan identification. Combining answers to questions about racist feelings, perceptions of discrimination and whether the respondent has a close personal friend of another race into a three-part scale shows the importance of underlying racial attitudes.

    Whites in the top sensitivity group broke for Obama by nearly 20 percentage points, while those in the lowest of the three categories went for McCain by almost 2 to 1.

    A similar pattern holds among Democrats. Obama scores more than 20 points better among nonblack Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents in the "high" group than he does among those in the "low" group.

    Obama has some convincing to do among the 29 percent of whites who fall into the scale's lowest category. (Twenty-one percent were in the top grouping, 50 percent in the middle.) Almost six in 10 whites in the low-sensitivity group see him as a risky choice, and a similar percentage said they know little or nothing about where he stands on specific issues. Nearly half do not think his candidacy will alter race relations in the country; 20 percent think it will probably make race relations worse.

    But McCain's challenges are also an important part of the equation.

    Numerous polls, for example, have indicated that McCain's age may be a bigger detractor than Obama's race. And more are now concerned that McCain will heed too closely the interests of large corporations than said so about Obama and the interests of blacks.

    The poll was conducted by telephone June 12 through June 15 among a national random sample of 1,125 adults. The results from the full poll have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points. The error margin is larger for subgroups; it is four points among whites and seven points among African Americans."

  36. Times conservative columnist David Brooks nicknamed Obama "Fast Eddie," after a brilliant and conniving pool shark in a 1960s Paul Newman movie.
    "There is Dr. Barack the high-minded ... but then on the other side, there's 'Fast Eddie' Obama, the promise-breaking, tough-minded Chicago pol," writes Brooks.
    He describes Obama as "the only politician of our lifetime who is underestimated because he's too intelligent. He speaks so calmly and polysyllabically that people fail to appreciate the Machiavellian ambition inside.
    "Republican keep calling him naive," writes Brooks, who believes instead that Obama is "the most effectively political creature we've seen in decades.
    "Even Bill Clinton wasn't smart enough to succeed in politics by pretending to renounce politics," the columnist wrote.
    Obama is the first presidential candidate to reject public funds and its restrictions since they were enacted after the 1976 Watergate scandal.

  37. Sun Jun 22, 04:33:00 AM EDT
    What an amazing load of shit:

    If you have summarized accurately, it was an excercise in analysis lacking entirely what should be the focus of said analysis:
    ...but they live in the pretend world that "race" supersedes all else. if my vote is determined as such. if I wouldn't damn sure vote for Clarence Thomas over John McCain because Clarence is black.

    Did I miss their point, or as usual, is their point trivial drivel?

  38. ...and where's my ht for the Eddy ref both in the previous thread, and @ BC?

  39. (sorry, just checked the last thread!)

  40. I think this Steele piece is the most insightful I have read:

    The Obama Bargain -

    How to turn one's blackness to advantage?

    The answer is that one "bargains." Bargaining is a mask that blacks can wear in the American mainstream, one that enables them to put whites at their ease. This mask diffuses the anxiety that goes along with being white in a multiracial society. Bargainers make the subliminal promise to whites not to shame them with America's history of racism, on the condition that they will not hold the bargainer's race against him. And whites love this bargain -- and feel affection for the bargainer -- because it gives them racial innocence in a society where whites live under constant threat of being stigmatized as racist. So the bargainer presents himself as an opportunity for whites to experience racial innocence.

    This is how Mr. Obama has turned his blackness into his great political advantage, and also into a kind of personal charisma. Bargainers are conduits of white innocence, and they are as popular as the need for white innocence is strong. Mr. Obama's extraordinary dash to the forefront of American politics is less a measure of the man than of the hunger in white America for racial innocence.

    Thus, nothing could be more dangerous to Mr. Obama's political aspirations than the revelation that he, the son of a white woman, sat Sunday after Sunday -- for 20 years -- in an Afrocentric, black nationalist church in which his own mother, not to mention other whites, could never feel comfortable. His pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, is a challenger who goes far past Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson in his anti-American outrage ("God damn America").

    How does one "transcend" race in this church? The fact is that Barack Obama has fellow-traveled with a hate-filled, anti-American black nationalism all his adult life, failing to stand and challenge an ideology that would have no place for his own mother. And what portent of presidential judgment is it to have exposed his two daughters for their entire lives to what is, at the very least, a subtext of anti-white vitriol?

    What could he have been thinking? Of course he wasn't thinking. He was driven by insecurity, by a need to "be black" despite his biracial background. And so fellow-traveling with a little race hatred seemed a small price to pay for a more secure racial identity. And anyway, wasn't this hatred more rhetorical than real?

    But now the floodlight of a presidential campaign has trained on this usually hidden corner of contemporary black life: a mindless indulgence in a rhetorical anti-Americanism as a way of bonding and of asserting one's blackness. Yet Jeremiah Wright, splashed across America's television screens, has shown us that there is no real difference between rhetorical hatred and real hatred.

    No matter his ultimate political fate, there is already enough pathos in Barack Obama to make him a cautionary tale. His public persona thrives on a manipulation of whites (bargaining), and his private sense of racial identity demands both self-betrayal and duplicity.

    His is the story of a man who flew so high, yet neglected to become himself.

    - Shelby Steele

    "And what portent of presidential judgment is it to have exposed his two daughters for their entire lives to what is, at the very least, a subtext of anti-white vitriol?"
    That people can overlook this is what has amazed me most from the outset. if one would get a pass doing the same thing with their kids in a KKK oriented "Church"

  41. "Yet Jeremiah Wright, splashed across America's television screens, has shown us that there is no real difference between rhetorical hatred and real hatred."
    Dennis Miller just couldn't get that through his head.
    Finally conceded he was lacking when everyone, including his wife, kept telling him he was missing something.
    Still don't know if he's able to actually see it for what it is.
    Head in the sand rather than confront ugly truth for what it is.
    Proof is the burned up Jews brought to reality courtesy of Rev Sharpton's similar "colorful" rhetoric.

  42. 'Rat also argued it wasn't no big thing, but then, he just likes to argue!

  43. If I had cited the Fast Eddy reference, I would have had to tip the hat to Hugh Hewitt, but I didn't.

  44. Barak as Tootsie:

    Ehud Barak

    As a young commando, Ehud Barak placed a woman's wig on his head, squeezed into high heels and stuffed an oversized purse with explosives as he set off on a derring-do -- and ultimately successful -- mission to eliminate a Palestinian terrorist cell in Beirut.

  45. I can't find where I posted it!
    ...I'll go fetch it from my drafts.


  46. - The Two Obamas -

    And then on Thursday, Fast Eddie Obama had his finest hour.

    Barack Obama has worked on political reform more than any other issue.

    He aspires to be to political reform what Bono is to fighting disease in Africa.
    He’s spent much of his career talking about how much he believes in public financing.

    In January 2007, he told Larry King that the public-financing system works.

    In February 2007, he challenged Republicans to limit their spending and vowed to do so along with them if he were the nominee.

    In February 2008, he said he would aggressively pursue spending limits. He answered a Midwest Democracy Network questionnaire by reminding everyone that he has been a longtime advocate of the public-financing system.

  47. One more--wouldn't you know it, one of Obama's foreign policy advisors is linked to the kidnapping of Elian Gonzalez by a federal swat team. He's now a brain washed member of the Commie Youth in Cuba.

    So much for family values, when a father stands to lose his own son because of his ethnicity.

  48. "And more are now concerned that McCain will heed too closely the interests of large corporations than said so about Obama and the interests of blacks."
    I read a piece at RCP that said 60 or 70 percent of PUBS have reservations about blindly touting only the good in NAFTA.
    (and I missed noticing that's something other than race cited by WaPo!)
    Sorry, again...

  49. Texas Cops!

    Fuller had a hunch. After he and Perry took Dotson to lunch at an Applebee's in Seaford, Del., he dropped off Dotson. As he was getting out of the detective's car, Fuller said he told Dotson: "Carlton, I don't know if we'll ever get a chance to talk again. But even if we don't, God is gonna getcha for that."

    A startled Dotson opened his eyes wide. Within days, he would confess to killing Dennehy.

    The area where Dennehy was found mirrored Dotson's confession. "He said he drug him up the hill and the shoes came off in his hands, and sure enough what he said in that interview was almost identical at the crime scene," Perry said.

    Perry and Fuller found Dennehy's body after dozens of search teams had combed almost 50 locations in the same area.

    "Oh, man, I just stood there for a second," Perry said, recalling when he came upon a large, decomposed body in a thicket of tall grass. "Then I prayed for Patrick and his family, and Carlton and his family.

    "Then I prayed that justice would be served."

  50. It all worked out well for young Elian. He's in, or maybe graduated from, the Young Pioneers now, resident in a homophobic state, he'll be able to express his will in the local elections for the local running commie candidate, and, he'll never have to face the prospect of upward mobility. If allowed to stay in the states, however, he would have been given the time and maturity and experience to think things through a little for himself and, later, say when he's 18, go back to Cuba if he wanted to do so.

    Every kid should be part of a political football game. For shame.

  51. If allowed to stay in the states, however, he would have been given the time and maturity and experience to think things through a little for himself and, later, say when he's 18, go back to Cuba if he wanted to do so.

    Of course, Elian was fortunate that he came from Cuba with such a large community of Republican voters in Florida, who almost prevailed to keep him from his father and in the hands of his first cousin once removed. IF Elian had come from Guatemala, for example, he would have never been given ice cream and taken to Disneyworld. Instead he would have been taken to the Hutto Detention Center in Taylor, Texas.

    At this prison camp…children are in prison uniforms and guarded by prison guards. Under a so called “kinder-gentler” federal administration that promotes “NO Child Left Behind”…these children only get an hour of education per day and an hour of physical exercise per day. The rest of the time…they live and sleep in concrete cells with their mothers.

  52. And I realize how illogical it is for an equal opportunity excluder to weep over poor Elian. However, since his mother was up to dying to get herself and her son out of Cuba, land of homophobia, it seems to me he ought to have been allowed to stay. But his macho 'that's my boy' father wanted him back, or had to say he wanted him back, and the courts punting the political football, back he went. Maybe I'm just a photo sensitive person.

    What to do about those poor people in the detention center I don't know. Surely the answer must lie in allowing every third worlder who wants to come to let them come roam around the United States. How have they ended up in a detention center? Why aren't they walking across they Clearwater River Bridge here, like another group of five I saw the other day? They must not have had much skill at the immigration game, like these five, openly walking into the city here, unwanted, uninvited, unlawful, openly brazen about it. I'd have more trouble getting into Canada. We could send them back to their home country. They are probably waiting for a court hearing. Maybe they have already been convicted of something.