Thursday, March 09, 2006

Commies of a feather, denounce together.

China says that "the life and security of the people of the United States has not been under efficient protection" in a response to the State Department's report on human rights.

This report should be ignored by government officials.

If that ain't a case of the pot calling the kettle "metal." "Black" is only on the outside, and sometimes pots aren't black, but they are all metal to the core. Sure the US has some areas we could improve upon, but China is "metal" to the core.

In this we see anothe softball served up from the Red Chinese of China, to the Red Democrats in the US. Commies of a feather, denounce together. Watch the way this plays out. You can be sure that the right will be defensive, and defend the US once again, but the left is certain to try to turn this into political capital. Even from human rights abusers like China.

Wait 'till the Christian right in China responds to this.

We'll be waiting a long time.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Blanche Kelso Bruce - HERO!

Now for a bit of Black History outside of the confines of February. March 1 is the birthday of the first Black US Senator to serve out his full term, and the only person to serve out a full term who was ever a slave.

Happy Birthday Senator Bruce!

I find it quite ironic that Other than Senator Edward Brooke of Mass, the Other Black Senators were from Mississippi. Well not really. The two from IL are really not from Mississippi, but there are so many blacks here from Mississippi, I've heard Chicago called North Mississippi.

Anyway Back to our story.
There have been only five Black US Senators.
This is a list of them with their bios.

(stolen from Here)
There was:

REVELS, Hiram Rhodes, (1827 - 1901)

Senate Years of Service: 1870-1871
Party: Republican

REVELS, Hiram Rhodes, a Senator from Mississippi; born in Fayetteville, Cumberland County, N.C., on September 27, 1827; attended various schools, seminaries, and Knox College, Galesburg, Ill.; barber; ordained a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church at Baltimore, Md., in 1845; carried on religious work in Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Missouri; accepted a pastorate in Baltimore, Md., in 1860; at the outbreak of the Civil War assisted in recruiting two regiments of African American troops in Maryland; served in Vicksburg, Miss., as chaplain of a Negro regiment and organized African American churches in that State; established a school for freedmen in St. Louis, Mo., in 1863; settled in Natchez, Miss., in 1866; elected alderman in 1868; member, State senate 1870; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate; presented his credentials upon the readmission of Mississippi to representation on February 23, 1870; took the oath of office on February 25, 1870, after the Senate resolved a challenge to his credentials, and served from February 23, 1870 until March 3, 1871; first African American Senator; secretary of State ad interim of Mississippi in 1873; president of the Alcorn Agricultural College, Rodney, Miss., 1876-1882; moved to Holly Springs, Marshall County, Miss., and continued his religious work; died in Aberdeen, Miss., January 16, 1901; interment in Hill Crest Cemetery, Holly Springs, Miss.

BRUCE, Blanche Kelso, (1841 - 1898)

Senate Years of Service: 1875-1881
Party: Republican

BRUCE, Blanche Kelso, a Senator from Mississippi; born in slavery near Farmville, Prince Edward County, Va., March 1, 1841; was tutored by his master’s son; left his master at the beginning of the Civil War; taught school in Hannibal, Mo.; after the war became a planter in Mississippi; member of the Mississippi Levee Board; sheriff and tax collector of Bolivar County 1872-1875; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1875, to March 3, 1881; was the first African American to serve a full term in the United States Senate; appointed Register of the Treasury by President James Garfield 1881; recorder of deeds for the District of Columbia 1891-1893; again Register of the Treasury from 1897 until his death in Washington, D.C., on March 17, 1898; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.
BROOKE, Edward William, III, (1919 - )
Senate Years of Service: 1967-1979
Party: Republican

BROOKE, Edward William, III, a Senator from Massachusetts; born in Washington, D.C., October 26, 1919; attended the public schools of Washington, D.C.; graduated from Howard University, Washington, D.C., in 1941; graduated, Boston University Law School 1948; captain, United States Army, infantry, with five years of active service in the European theater of operations; chairman of Finance Commission, city of Boston 1961-1962; elected attorney general of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1962; reelected in 1964; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1966; reelected in 1972 and served from January 3, 1967, to January 3, 1979; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1978; first African American elected to the Senate by popular vote; lawyer; awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on June 23, 2004; is a resident of Miami, Fla.

MOSELEY BRAUN, Carol, (1947 - )

Senate Years of Service: 1993-1999
Party: Democrat

MOSELEY BRAUN, Carol, a Senator from Illinois; born in Chicago, Ill., August 16, 1947; educated in Chicago public schools; graduated, University of Illinois 1969; graduated, University of Chicago School of Law 1972; admitted to the Illinois bar in Chicago 1973; prosecutor, office of the United States Attorney, Chicago 1973-1977; member and assistant majority leader, Illinois house of representatives 1978-1988; recorder of deeds, Cook County, Ill., 1988-1992; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1992, and served from January 3, 1993, to January 3, 1999; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1998; ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, December 15, 1999-2001; candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in 2004; entrepreneur; is a resident of Chicago, Ill., Atlanta, Ga., and Union Springs, Ala.

OBAMA, Barack, (1961 - )

Senate Years of Service: 2005-
Party: Democrat

OBAMA, Barack, a Senator from Illinois; born in Honolulu, Hawaii, August 4, 1961; obtained early education in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Hawaii; continued education at Occidental College, Los Angeles, Calif., and Columbia University, New York City; studied law at Harvard University, where he became the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review, and received J.D. in 1992; lecturer on constitutional law, University of Chicago; member, Illinois State senate 1997-2004; elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in 2004 for term beginning January 3, 2005.

Thanks to Booker and (my home page) for the story.


Even the Venezuelan Foriegn Minister agrees

''It's a natural byproduct of their confrontation with the United States,'' said Armando Durán, a columnist and former Venezuelan foreign minister. ``Chávez looks for an alliance with those who confront the U.S.''
According the former foriegn minister, Chavez wants to butt heads. Some speculate that this is a move to position himself as the Anti-American for the upcoming December Election, but I think there has to be more than that. When these two (or three if you count Cuba) countries are already working joint ventures to build major manufacuturing plants, "Houston, we have a problem."

Days earlier, Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Venezuela is ``seeking closer economic, military, and diplomatic ties with Iran and North Korea.''

Again there is that word. MILITARY. And then we get word that Hugo wants to vote against reporting Iran to the UN security council. What is the purpose of the UN again, please? Oh, right it was established in part, to give influence to rogue nations who would normally have no international presence. Okay, not really, but sometimes it sure does look that way...

The Full Story Here:

Chavez's wooing of Iran called Troubling
Miami Herald


Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Bedtime for Hugo?

Chavez states he will work to smash US empire

La Havana, Cuba, February 4, 2006 (Notimex).- Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez stated that the US government will try "hard to maintain the empire," but "we'll do everything we can to smash the empire.

"We're happy because of the maximum representatives for that killer government hurting us," Chavez stated during a speech in the Plaza de la Revolucion in La Havana. Cuban president Fidel Castro was there.

Because of things like this, some have asked whether we are going to go in and pull a "Panama" or a "Grenada" in the land of Ms. Universe.

I think Bush is more likely to act quickly and without UN interference because the percieved threat is here in the Americas. I find it quite interesting that the new golden child of Communism is rolling past China as an ally. He alligns himself with the spokes of the Axis itself.

The hanwriting that should be easy to see is that Chavez wants to be 100% at odds with the policies of the US. If that were not the case, he would not pick our three most hated international neighbors to build closer economic and MILITARY ties.

I think this means that Chaves wants to prop himself up to his citizens and to the world as the little guy who stands up to US power. He is making a grave mistake.

To have a stronger influence and be taken seriously as a democrat, he needs to develop more business at home. Treating Venezuela like Saudi Arabia, where the state owns the greatest natural rescource, suppressing it's people's freedom does not gain points with us.