“I currently reside in Memphis but I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan (no it’s not a small town) but it does have a river. I’ve been thinking about that river a lot since the GOP started trying to convince the voting public that Sarah, bless her heart, had national security and foreign policy experience because she lives so close to Russia. If we follow that logic every Detroiter and person in who resides in the greater Detroit area has that same qualification as “qutie patutie” Palin. All any of us would have to do is take a quick trip to the Detroit riverfront area and look across to see a foreign country. If you live on the Detroit riverfront you really can “see Canada from your house”. The same holds true up and down the state coastline. Small town or big city, we’re all average American’s and I’m glad we’re smart enough to know that just because she’d be awesome to pal around with on the sidelines at the hockey rink it takes a whole lot more to qualify for Vice President of the United Sates of America. Is it a “maverick” move to underestimate the average Americans’ ability to see through a gimmick?”
kimest3e on Oct 3, 2008 at 23:20:39
“Because if all it takes to be VP is "see a foreign country" from your house, go to hockey games, and be a mom, I'm running in 2012. Lord knows being from "Hockeytown" should automatically cause me to be in the running don't cha know!”
“Ironically old man McCain has shown himself to be the brat kid who takes his ball and leaves the playground because he couldn’t get his way. It’s kind of like hiding your running mate away when some dared to scrutinize her policies, beliefs and life in general the way almost every other modern candidate is scrutinized.
Once again McCain’s self-proclaimed base, the media, has failed to call him on his antics. All I saw last night was a lot of sedate head nods and agreeing that it’s a shame that once again our most important election has been drop kicked into the muck. The real kicker will be the media’s discussion afterwards…Will anybody point out that McCain is the one who drug things down into the muck in the first place or, will everyone belabor the fact the Obama wouldn’t give him what he wanted? If past performance is an indicator of what the future will bring then we can all rest assured that media analysis will place the onus squarely on Obama’s shoulders. I sincerely hope I’m wrong. If I’m right then it’s up to us to raise OUR voices and tell McCain and the media “thanks, but no thanks” on muck, mudslinging and business as usual campaigning and politicking.
Does Brat = Maverick?”
TellitLikeItIs on Sep 12, 2008 at 15:50:41
“avgblkgirl: McSames mother said it best----- Johnny has always been a mama's boy. It's also become pretty clear that Johnny is accustomed to getting his way!”
“Palin referred to herself as a "pit bull" in "lipstick". Is this another case where she's stood in front of the American voting public and lied? If she truly is a pit bull in lipstick then she needs to get out there and scrap like any other candidate...especially since we can all watch the video of Palin voicing her strong opposition to women crying sexism at every turn...unless, of course, her statement applies to every other woman in politics except Palin herself...or was she lying...again?
The true insult has been served to every person who has seen those comments and whom the McCain campaign has in essence told "you can't comprehend a common turn of phrase that "clever" people like myself use all the time...no, you idiots hear that and think my opponent is personally attacking my running mate and he should apologize." No Mr. McCain you should apologize. You should apologize for reducing this campaign to gimmicks and cheap ploys while ignoring every issue that has any real bearing on our nations future.
My challenge to the mavericky "Mavericks": Mount Up! Turn your attention to the troubling issues that the citizens of this country our facing, both in small towns and in big cities. The fact remains, no matter whether a citizen lives in a quaint hamlet or a great metropolis, all of our futures our hanging in the balance.
Has the word maverick taken on the same connotation as truthiness?”
“That was a blatant attempt to misconstrue the point. The issue was never whether black people are smart enough to achieve business success with or without handouts. The point was that those same black people who claim to be proud republicans would still take advantage of minority business programs their party of choice opposes.
Let's not forget that minority business programs are also in place to women (no matter their race). You know…those same women that republicans are trying to court with their current VP nominee.
Affirmative Action is not perfect, but neither is a system that looks at the color of your skin and immediately slams the door in your face. You can’t tell me that it doesn’t happen because I know firsthand that it does. Most conservative oppose affirmative action in order to ensure that those who have always had their druthers in this country continue to.
All things being equal, African Americans, women, physically disabled and other minorities in our country can work just as hard as their white male counterparts and be successful. Things have definitely improved in this country in the past thirty years but don’t get it twisted; all things still are not equal.”
BitterRoot on Sep 3, 2008 at 19:49:06
“Very good post! And I have difficulty imagining that you are an average anything!”
““Me, my four, and no more” is what came to mind when I watched this video. These black folks are living the American dream and so they no longer consider themselves partners in the struggle. They can’t sully their hands helping those considered middle and lower class in this country. They’ve achieved a certain level of wealth and they’ll be doggone if you “liberals” are going to tax it so that those middle and lower class folks can benefit.
Yes, Dr. King’s dream was that we all be judged by the content of our character and not the color of our skin. So no, they don’t have to vote for Barack just because he’s black. But really, do they have to try and tear him down just because they think everybody else is “green” with envy.
This isn’t a question of black or white. The question is whether or not you believe Obama/Biden (with their so call “vast lack of experience”) should be running the country or if the job should go to McCain/Palin (with their so called “vast wealth of experience”).
Time has long since passed in this country when black folks could point to white America and fairly say “that’s the major source of our problems”. At some point we have to make sure we’re doing everything we can as a people to ensure that we prosper as a people. Believe me, the “me, my four, and no more” mentally sure won’t get us there.”
Sep 3, 2008 at 00:03:53
“Finally somebody who speaks the truth! I gasped in an “OMG! Your mom said that too!” stunned state of shock when I read the things your mother said.
My mother, who is devoutly religious, preached abstinence in our home. And while there was no STD slide show, mom didn’t just leave off with “wait until you’re married”. She always followed up with “any babies you bring into this world are your responsibility”. I never doubted for one moment that she would have been supportive up to a point had the situation ever occurred. My childhood would have come to a screeching halt. There definitely wouldn’t have been anybody holding me up as a paragon slightly sullied virtue or using me as a well placed after school special. I wouldn’t have been trotted out as an example of my moms’ exemplary child rearing skills. She definitely wouldn’t have presented the possibility that the great lessons that could be learned from her pregnant teenage daughter were somehow a silver lining to the cloud that ends, not with a rainbow, but with a teenager becoming a mother.
What’s sad about this whole situation (beside yet another teenager entering motherhood in a few months) is that Republican will try to spin this situation as a job well done on the part of Sara Palin. And while they’re commending her they will have missed the opportunity engage in intelligent discourse on how we talk to and teach our teens about sex.”
Sep 2, 2008 at 17:15:34
“I’m glad I’m not the only one who was taken aback by comments made by Tavis Smiley and his panel of guest after Obama’s acceptance speech. I truly believe that Tavis and his panel missed the point of both Dr. King speech and Obama’s speech.
Dr. King’s dream was plain “…not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character…”. The fact that Barack Obama could stand in front of 84,000 people from all walks of life and accept his party’s nomination for President is proof that Dr.King’s dream can be realized. I was disappointed that Tavis, Dr. West & Dr. Malveaux accepted him to stand up there and rehash years of racial tension and strife. The problems facing the African-American community and American as a whole are so much larger than that one slice of time in our county’s history.
Like you, after Obama’s speech, I was energized about the political process in a way that I have never been in all my 31 years. I believe that there is a new hope for the future of politics in this country. And I truly believe we won’t have anyone to blame but ourselves if we let the old way of thinking stop us from forward progress. Those of Dr. King’s era played an important roll in this countries history. But now is the time for forward thinking, progressive solutions and a new generation of leaders to ensure that the dream is fully realized.”
“McCain’s hypocrisy knows no bounds. He saw Democrats unite behind their candidate and decided to go the gimmick route when selecting his VP running mate. No matter how many times Republicans repeat it, they don’t believe Sara Palin was their best option. Americans see thru this “look at me, I can make history too” game McCain is playing. Palin doesn’t even make the list of most qualified women on the national Republican stage. If sound judgment was used McCain wouldn’t cavalierly risk our countries future on a VP pick who is clearly out of her depth. Bristol Palin shouldn’t have been left open for public scrutiny. This is a testament to an utter lack of sound judgment by both McCain and Palin. Of course Palin can work and raise a family, that’s not in question. We send our children out into the world to make their own choices. Those choices, good or bad, are the onus of the child. Supporting that child is the onus of the parent. Thrusting her pregnant teenager into the national spotlight during this time is what calls Sara Palin’s judgment into question. If McCain knew about the pregnancy and invited this “supportive” mother to join his ticket anyway, his judgment is woefully deficient. Working mothers constantly sacrifice personal ambitions for the sake of family. Palin would rather sacrifice her child’s privacy during this time for her own personal gain and, father of seven and grandfather of four, McCain wholeheartedly endorses this.”