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  • Palin comes out in support of Fox's Beck over boycott

    08/26/2009 10:57:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies · 2,141+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | August 26, 2009 | Erika Bolstad
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is jumping into the fray over Fox News talk show host Glenn Beck, whose assertion last month that President Barack Obama is "a racist" led to a boycott of the companies advertising on his show, and ultimately, led some to drop their sponsorship of his show. Palin on Wednesday had this to say on Facebook, the social networking Web site that, since she stepped down as governor, has been the former Republican vice presidential candidate's main platform for communicating: "FOX News' Glenn Beck is doing an extraordinary job this week walking America behind the scenes...
  • What Happened to Post-Racial America? Not so post-racial after all (Barf Alert)

    08/07/2009 10:38:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 1,099+ views
    WNBC-TV / The Politico ^ | August 7, 2009 | Roger Simon
    Whatever happened to that “post-racial” America we were supposed to be living in? Whatever happened to those warm and fuzzy feelings we got when we elected America’s first black president? Whatever happened to being so proud of ourselves for having bridged the racial divide? Didn’t last very long. Today, America does not seem to be very post-racial or very united, “teachable moments” not withstanding. Just about a year ago, we were able to laugh about things that don’t seem very funny today. --snip-- But how did things turn around so fast? They didn’t. They may never have turned in the...
  • Why is White Right Attacking the First Black President?

    08/06/2009 9:23:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 95 replies · 2,588+ views
    New America Media / Final Call ^ | August 6, 2009 | Charlene Muhammad
    President Barack Obama recently met over beer with Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Sgt. James Crowley, hoping to diffuse tense debates over racial profiling and racial bias triggered by the arrest of the Harvard University scholar by the Cambridge, Mass., police department officer. Though that racially charged conversation may be over, vicious attacks on the first Black President of the United States are not. Analysts say don't expect the attacks to end anytime soon. The most outrageous charges may have come from radio and TV talk show host Glenn Beck. “I'm not saying that he doesn't like people I'm...
  • Cambridge, Mississippi, Circa 1959: Gates’ arrest reminds me of the violent days of civil rights

    08/06/2009 11:31:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies · 1,648+ views
    The Root ^ | July 23, 2009 | Charlayne Hunter-Gault
    I was lying in my hospital bed in Boston when I got an e-mail from someone making an oblique reference to the arrest of Skip Gates. I thought the writer was mistaken and wrote back saying, “But Skip is in China.” I couldn’t believe there was anything under the sun that would lead to Skip getting arrested—unless it was in China. And even then, what could he have done? Asked an official a tough question about human rights or something? So I did what I always do when I need to reach Skip, who, like me, lives on his BlackBerry....
  • Obama ‘Impervious to Empirical Evidence’

    08/06/2009 9:43:46 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 7 replies · 922+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 6 | Jennifer Rubin
    Throughout the campaign and continuing into his presidency Obama has decried George W. Bush as an “ideologue,” a man blinded by preexisting conceptions and inured to evidence which contradicted his worldview. But it is the Obama team which in just seven months has perfected the art of denying or evading facts. It doesn’t matter if the subject is small or large. It can be a domestic or foreign policy issue. The modus operandi is the same: don’t give them the facts; they’ve made up their minds. We just witnessed Gates-gate — the triumph of an ideologically driven narrative (America is...
  • Racism and the Republicans [Judge Sotomayor, Stupidgate and the "Birthers"] (Hurl Warning)

    08/05/2009 5:34:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 721+ views
    The Dhaka Daily Star ^ | August 6, 2009 | Professor Abdullah A. Dewan
    THREE stories that have kept the US news media on a breath taking slew of commentaries in recent weeks, producing some of the worst racial hype in years. First: President Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor -- a federal judge on the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit -- to replace the retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter had stirred the Republican base to try to denigrate and defeat the nomination. Sotomayor, a Princeton graduate and a Yale Jurist Doctor, has heard appeals in more than 3,000 cases and has written about 380 opinions in the Second Circuit, is considered...
  • Rahm Pushes the Networks (to broadcast Obama press conference in prime time)

    08/03/2009 9:45:13 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 34 replies · 1,280+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 3, 2009 | Howard Kurtz
    In the days before President Obama's last news conference, as the networks weighed whether to give up a chunk of their precious prime time, Rahm Emanuel went straight to the top. Rather than calling ABC, the White House chief of staff phoned Bob Iger, chief executive of parent company Disney. Instead of contacting NBC, Emanuel went to Jeffrey Immelt, the chief executive of General Electric. He also spoke with Les Moonves, the chief executive of CBS Corp., the company spun off from Viacom. Whether this amounted to undue pressure or plain old Chicago arm-twisting, Emanuel got results: the fourth hour...
  • Andrew Breitbart: On race, 'No, he can't!' [Obama's Stupidgate]

    08/03/2009 12:29:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 1,586+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 3, 2009 | Andrew Breitbart
    Well, that was pathetic. And it wasn't an accident. The fix was in from the beginning. Last week's lackluster "Beer Summit" featuring Sgt. James Crowley, professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. was orchestrated to end a national discussion on race, not begin one. That's why there were no microphones, even though each participant showed himself to be perfectly qualified, astoundingly articulate and camera-ready for an illuminating and much-needed public debate. The problem for the White House was the more the esteemed professor talked, the more trouble he created for his friend, the...
  • VIDEO: Ann Coulter: "Most Racial Profiling Is A Hoax"

    07/31/2009 8:26:16 PM PDT · by ianschwartz · 24 replies · 1,226+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 31, 2009 | Real Clear Politics
    Ann Coulter discusses racial profiling and the Gates arrest.
  • The Audacity Of Hops

    07/31/2009 5:17:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 537+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 31, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Race Relations: Two people acted responsibly in Gatesgate and did what they were supposed to do. Only one of them got invited to the White House to have a beer with the president and the professor.We don't know whether Lucia Whalen is a connoisseur of fine brews. We do know she wasn't invited to have one with President Obama, professor Henry Louis Gates and Sgt. James Crowley of the Cambridge, Mass., police department. She should have been. The rabid left would say Whalen "acted stupidly" in reporting a possible crime in progress. Some are in fact saying it. The facts...
  • Gates sends flowers, note to woman who called 911

    07/31/2009 6:12:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 1,248+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/31/09 | AP
    BOSTON – Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. has sent flowers and a note to the woman who unwittingly sparked a national debate on race by calling police to report what she thought might be a break-in at Gates' home. Wendy Murphy, the lawyer for Lucia Whalen, called the flowers a "gesture of gratitude." She declined to say what was in the accompanying note.
  • Right-wingers still want Obama out (It's a race war, baby!)

    07/30/2009 10:15:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies · 1,550+ views
    The Uganda New Vision ^ | July 28, 2009 | Opiyo Oloya
    THERE is a war going on in America right now, and they are not taking any prisoners. It is a race war, but you would not know it. Everyone involved couches their comments in clever, carefully disguised language that only the combatants know. Most of the incoming artillery is directed at President Barack Obama, the first African American to assume that high office. It is not about scoring points in the short run, although that would be nice. No, those pushing the racial warfare have a far loftier goal in mind—rallying enough whites to believe that Obama is a lousy...
  • Is Obama A Racist?

    07/30/2009 6:45:29 PM PDT · by Brytani · 60 replies · 1,297+ views
    National Black Republican Association ^ | July 30, 2009 | Frances Rice
    (Received From Email) IS OBAMA A RACIST? By Frances Rice How do we decide who is a racist? The dictionary tells us a racist harbors feelings of antagonism and superiority based on biological differences, such as skin color. So, what demonstrates that President Barack Obama harbors such feelings toward white people? Glimpses of Obama’s mindset can be obtained from reading his two books, “The Audacity of Hope” and “Dreams from My Father” where Obama describes his animosity toward white people. In “Dreams from My Father” Obama wrote: "I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity...
  • Obama's Arrogance Seeping Through [Stupidgate, ObamaCare, Pay Caps and Sergeant Crowley]

    07/30/2009 7:55:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 1,195+ views
    Townhall ^ | July 30, 2009 | Floyd and Mary Beth Brown
    First reactions are always telling. When a person is caught unprepared and speaks off the cuff, you can see their true beliefs. By calling the actions of Cambridge police Sgt. James Crowley "stupid," Obama showed his true feelings. He moved from being the post-racial president and revealed that counter to his election campaign protests to the contrary, he was listening to the sermons of hate-mongering Rev. Jeremiah Wright. But even more troubling, Obama demonstrated his arrogance, a very dangerous character flaw for a president to possess. Near the end of his primetime news conference, Obama cavalierly answered a question on...
  • Obama Should Devote More Time to National Security and Less to Planning Beer Bashes

    07/30/2009 6:28:07 AM PDT · by OK Right · 3 replies · 305+ views
    OK, WE'RE RIGHT! ^ | July 30, 2009 | Oscar De Los Santos
    We’ve heard a lot about Henry Louis Gates, Jr’s, arrest in Cambridge last week. Why? Because President Obama wedged his way into the incident. Michelle Malkin asserts that Obama weighed in on Gatesgate because he’s a “racial opportunist” (“Today Show,” July 29, 2009). The president will soon be playing bartender to fix his gaffe – but the truth is that even after the Obama-Gates-Sgt. Crowley summit, Gatesgate will continue to draw attention from more pressing matters. Let’s not forget that an American soldier is still being held hostage in Afghanistan and seven men were recently arrested in North Carolina for...
  • 'Beer summit' distracts Obama from health care (Oh My, the Poor President)

    07/30/2009 5:34:03 AM PDT · by blueyon · 56 replies · 1,620+ views
    My Way ^ | 7/30/09 | DARLENE SUPERVILLE
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama must once again hit the pause button in his drive to overhaul health care to revisit the racially charged issue that stole the spotlight from his top legislative priority - the arrest of his Harvard professor friend. Obama, Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley and Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., will meet at the White House on Thursday, each one drinking his favorite beer, in a public attempt to move past the emotional event.
  • Former Supervisor: Gates Police Sergeant a 'Model Officer'-- [What Gates said about "your Moma"]

    07/28/2009 7:26:59 PM PDT · by FR_addict · 55 replies · 1,909+ views
    Greta's On the record video-- Willing to Break bread ^ | July 26, 2009 | On the Record video and transcript
    Towards the end of this transcript, the supervisor explains that the "Your Moma" comment was obscene. Crowley talked to this guy a ferw hours after the incident. The video is also on FoxNews -- On the Record videos.
  • MSNBC: Congressman Calls for Obama to Apologize

    07/29/2009 5:42:59 AM PDT · by liesel2000 · 19 replies · 879+ views
    NewsReal Blog ^ | July 29, 2009 | John Perazzo
    Yesterday on MSNBC’s Hardball, Republican Congressman Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan told Chris Matthews why he has called for a formal act of Congress telling Barack Obama to apologize for saying that Cambridge Police Sergeant Jim Crowley had “acted stupidly” in arresting Henry Louis Gates two weeks ago. (Snip) While apologizing to Crowley and to the Cambridge police would indeed be an appropriate thing for Obama to do, an act of far greater significance would be for him to retract another portion of his statement – his claim that the arrest of Gates was emblematic of the “long history in this...
  • Liberty and Lippiness

    07/29/2009 5:14:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 715+ views ^ | July 29, 2009 | Jacob Sullum
    A few minutes into the police encounter that ended with his arrest for disorderly conduct, Henry Louis Gates Jr. reportedly exclaimed, "This is what happens to black men in America!" It would be more accurate to say this is what can happen to anyone who makes the mistake of annoying a cop. Whether or not race played a role in the incident, Cambridge police Sgt. James Crowley clearly abused his authority, retaliating against the Harvard professor for his disrespect by hauling him away in handcuffs. The highly publicized arrest illustrates the threat posed by vague laws that give too much...
  • Three men, beer and an explosive issue (Stupidgate)

    07/28/2009 9:59:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies · 1,089+ views
    The professor, the policeman and the president are ready to share a beer - and maybe a few thoughts about race and law enforcement in the US. The gathering set for tomorrow evening may help President Barack Obama write a sudsy but happy ending to an arrest that triggered a fierce debate over race relations and briefly knocked him off his stride. --snip-- Crowley, who is white, arrested Gates, who is black, after an investigation into a suspected burglary found no burglars but escalated into a heated exchange between the men at Gates' home. When Obama said last Wednesday that...
  • 911 caller in Gates case to speak publicly: Being hounded ‘relentlessly’ by the press

    07/28/2009 9:17:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 837+ views
    BOSTON - The woman whose 911 call led to the arrest of a Harvard scholar at his home and a national debate on racial profiling plans to speak publicly for the first time. A lawyer for Lucia Whalen says Whalen plans a news conference Wednesday in Cambridge because she wants to get on with her life. The attorney says Whalen has been hounded "relentlessly" by the news media.
  • A Conversation with Skip Gates: "My mother hated white people..."

    07/25/2009 5:45:08 PM PDT · by Dinah Lord · 162 replies · 4,699+ views
    CSPAN/Booknotes ^ | October 1994 | Skip Gates and Bryan Lamb
    "LAMB: At one point you had a line in there, something to the effect, "My mother despised white people." GATES: My mother hated white people. LAMB: All her life? GATES: Probably. I didn't know until -- in 1959 we were watching Mike Wallace's documentary called "The Hate that Hate Produced." It was about the Nation of Islam and I couldn't believe -- I mean, Malcolm X was talking about the white man was the devil and standing up in white people's faces and telling them off. It was great...And she loved Malcolm X and she loved what the Muslims were...
  • A Teachable Moment…Brought to You, Courtesy of the President of the United States

    07/28/2009 8:41:10 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 9 replies · 523+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-27-09 | Wordsmith
    U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 11, 2007. REUTERS/Molly Riley GIBBS: About an ongoing discussion racial issues in this country, I think because of who he is as president and because its obvious these issues are still very raw in our society, I think he believes that he can help bring these type of teachable moments to the forefront, allow our dialogue to take over and communicate better with each other and make society a little bit better because of it. The tape of the 911 call was released. Something I'm sure President Obama...
  • Arrested Harvard Prof Has 'Stupidly' Played the Race Card His Whole Life ( "race hustler" )

    07/28/2009 8:42:28 AM PDT · by kellynla · 25 replies · 1,959+ views ^ | 07/27/2009 | Jack Thompson
    In 1990 I served the federal court here in South Florida as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in the obscenity trial that determined Miami rap group 2 Live Crew’s album As Nasty As They Wanna Be was obscene and thus not protected by the First Amendment. The verdict -- the first in world history that a sound recording was obscene -- was handed down by Jose A. Gonzalez, Jr., a liberal judge appointed by President Carter and who was hailed for his civil rights record by the ACLU and the rap group’s lawyer when the case was assigned to...
  • The mask slips (Melanie Phillips on Obama/Gates)

    07/28/2009 7:52:40 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 28 replies · 1,473+ views
    The Spectator ^ | July 27, 2009 | Melanie Phillips
    I’ve been travelling and so have only just been catching up with the Obama race row over the altercation between Henry Louis Gates and the Cambridge, Mass. police. Strikes me this is no storm in a teacup. Look at the Fox News clip that Tim Montgomerie highlights here for some extremely sharp comments indeed, particularly by Charles Krauthammer. Even after Obama started rowing back, noted Juan Williams of NPR, he was still getting the facts wrong, claiming that Sgt Crowley had led Gates out of his house whereas this was ‘just not true’. This affair is toxic because it touches...
  • Gates of Wrath

    07/28/2009 8:13:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies · 669+ views ^ | July 28, 2009 | Cal Thomas
    "I hate to admit it, but I have reached a stage in my life that if I am walking down a dark street late at night and I see that the person behind me is white, I subconsciously feel relieved." -- Reverend Jesse Jackson Slavery and racism have been like a soiled garment that America has diligently and at great expense tried to wipe clean. President Obama acknowledged at his news conference last week that America has made "great progress" in the direction of racial reconciliation and he is living proof of that. Having acknowledged these truths, what should be...
  • Police Called Gates Uncooperative During Arrest (AUDIO and incident report)

    07/27/2009 1:42:24 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 36 replies · 1,906+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 07-27-09 | SIMMI AUJLA
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- A police sergeant who responded to a 911 call about a possible break-in at the home of black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. can be heard calling Mr. Gates uncooperative during a radio communication with a police dispatcher. Cambridge police released a recording of the radio transmissions Monday after more than a week of controversy over Mr. Gates's July 16 arrest on a disorderly conduct charge.
  • No Apology for Sergeant Crowley?: Obama has offered no apology

    07/27/2009 1:19:22 PM PDT · by ThomasHart · 21 replies · 889+ views
    Fox News ^ | Monday, July 27, 2009 | John R. Lott Jr.
    "I don't know all the facts," that is where President Obama should have begun and ended his statement about the skirmish between Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates and a local Cambridge, Massachusetts police sergeant. But, he couldn't stop himself from saying the police "acted stupidly" and "I don't know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that. But I think it's fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry." Or the next day still defending his statement, saying "I am surprised by the controversy surrounding my statement, because...
  • Gates says it's time to 'move on' from his arrest (gathered legal team, contemplating lawsuit)

    07/25/2009 2:10:55 PM PDT · by Dubya · 257 replies · 6,203+ views
    Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. says he is ready to move on from his arrest by a white police officer, hoping to use the encounter to improve fairness in the criminal justice system and saying "in the end, this is not about me at all."
  • Obama Pal Henry Gates Caught on Tape Trashing Clarence Thomas & Slandering Newt Gingrich (Video)

    07/26/2009 8:38:56 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 19 replies · 543+ views
    GatewayPundit ^ | July 26h 2009
    July 26, 2009 Obama Pal Henry Gates Caught on Tape Trashing Clarence Thomas & Slandering Newt Gingrich (Video) Hyscience posted video whitey-hater Henry Louis Gates trashing Clarence Thomas and slandering Newt Gingrich at a public elitist event. Gates co-hosted the talk with Marxist black radical - Princton Professor Cornel West: Of course, the Leftists in the crowd loved his awful rant. No wonder Henry and Barack are such good pals.
  • Henry Louis Gates Explains The One N***** Syndrome (Video)

    07/27/2009 11:43:02 AM PDT · by Quaker · 9 replies · 800+ views
    Stuck On Stupid ^ | July 27, 2009 | George
    Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and friend of Barack Hussein Obama goes on a racist rant in a 1996 speech at a church in Washington, D.C. He is not limited to using the N word during his rant. This originally broadcast on C-Span in 1996.
  • Being Black In America STILL Sucks

    07/27/2009 11:25:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies · 2,632+ views
    Official Wire ^ | July 27, 2009 | Elizabeth Boleman-Herring
    This past month, Ruminant has been uncharacteristically silent, missing at least three column deadlines—not at all like her: and this at a time when her birth-country is so noisily scandal-ridden and patently loony that her usually effortless and knee-jerk snarkiness should have been propelling her on, of its own massive momentum, to write gleefully malicious prose, paragraph upon paragraph. But to what effect, I ask? To what effect? What can commentary add to "news" that is so transparently monstrous and mad that the only sane response is either 1) silence; or 2) going postal, in DC just for starters. Instead,...
  • Five Reasons Why ‘Gates-Gate’ Matters

    07/27/2009 9:43:31 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 16 replies · 604+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 27 | Jennifer Rubin
    The president’s decision to weigh in on the arrest of his Harvard law professor friend Henry Louis Gates Jr., who mouthed off to a Cambridge cop threw a grenade into his health care PR offensive and revived questions about his promises of a post-racial presidency. He tried to defuse matters with a Friday appearance in the White House briefing room, but like his predecessor, he found it impossible to say “I am sorry” or “I was wrong.” It is not surprising that the cable TV news and the Sunday talk shows continued to chew over the story. Unfortunately for the...
  • 911 caller in Gates case wasn't sure it was a break-in

    07/27/2009 10:34:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies · 1,028+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | July 27, 2009 | By Martin Finucane
    <p>The caller who alerted Cambridge police to a possible break-in at the house of Henry Louis Gates Jr. earlier this month told a dispatcher that she had seen two suitcases on the porch and said she wasn't sure if it was a break-in.</p>
  • FOX News Sunday Panelists Rip Obama over His Gates Arrest Comments (video)

    07/27/2009 7:49:26 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 43 replies · 455+ views
    Brit, Juan, and Bill Kristol rip into Obama…while Mara Liasson offers a “charming formulation” (according to Kristol) to excuse the President’s behavior. Video Link
  • Part of Gates Gate Not Getting Much Media Attention

    07/27/2009 6:48:50 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 13 replies · 169+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 07/27/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    A recent New York Post story brought up a point about the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. that few in the Old Media have paid much attention to. Apparently, Gates has since the arrest announced he is in the early stages of involvement in a PBS TV series on civil rights in America. It is odd that this single fact has not been a focus of much discussion. After all, if Gates is about to start a TV show about civil rights, what better way to punch up that participation than to "suddenly" get mixed up in...
  • Notes from a Phantom Negro: “Skip Gates:Please Sit Down”

    07/27/2009 6:43:47 AM PDT · by shineon · 23 replies · 728+ views
    Note to the reader: Dr. Henry Louis Gates has reach and influence in the academy, and that reach can–and has–severely damage careers. A pseudonym, in this case, is essential. Notes from a Phantom Negro. The Ivy League is not real life. College in general is not real life, and the Ivy League is a more fantastic version of college. The amenities are better, the rules are flexible and everyone, student and faculty alike, is well aware that the realities of life as most people know it are merely a peculiar footnote to the day to day of campus life. I...
  • Gates Closed (why Obama backtracked)

    07/27/2009 6:37:21 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 58 replies · 454+ views
    American Spectator ^ | July 27, 2009 | The Prowler
    It wasn't out of a need for racial healing that President Barack Obama reached out to his old friend, Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley. "We were looking at House hearings on the matter moving fairly quickly, and that wasn't going to be good for us or for Gates," says a White House source. "We needed this thing to go away and go away fast." Early Friday, the White House got wind of Rep. Edolphus Towns' interest in holding hearings into the matter of Gates' arrest, and more broadly looking into the issue of...
  • House to consider resolution demanding Obama apologize to Crowley

    07/26/2009 9:37:59 AM PDT · by blueyon · 50 replies · 553+ views
    The Hill ^ | 7/24/09 | Michael O'Brien
    Congress would demand that President Obama apologize to the officer the president said had "acted stupidly" in the arrest of a prominent Harvard professor under a resolution set to be introduced by one Michigan lawmaker. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) will introduce a House resolution on Monday demanding Obama retract and apologize for remarks he has made about Cambridge Police Sergeant James Crowley this past week.
  • A Gatesgate At Henry Gates' "Bogus" Charity?

    07/26/2009 7:00:16 AM PDT · by soakncider · 58 replies · 768+ views . ^ | Saturday, 7/25/09 | NYT; .
    Henry Louis Gates, Jr controls a tax-exempt, non-profit charity, Inkwell Foundation, Inc, that managed to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in direct support in one year, yet only gave out $27,500 in grants, the bulk of which went to Gates' employees and Harvard colleagues. Also, as recently as September 2008, the Boston Globe reported that Gates' charity was not in compliance with the law for failing to register the proper paperwork, despite the charity existing since 2005. The charge at the time was that it was "bogus," as you'll see below. In fact, the state Attorney General's office told...
  • Obama shoots from the lip, misses in Gates flap

    07/26/2009 6:31:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies · 420+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | July 26, 2009 | Willie Brown
    America got a good look at the Chicago side of Barack Obama last week, and boy did it set off fireworks. Obama was outraged that Gates was treated as a suspected criminal at his own home, and diplomacy went right out the window. I know Skip Gates well. He's a small person physically, less than 150 pounds wet, but he is very big when it comes to militancy. For many years, Gates has been one of the strongest academic voices on the black experience in this country. But, like many academics, Skip may not have had a lot of personal...
  • Obama looks to rebound from tough week

    07/26/2009 6:16:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 61 replies · 340+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 26, 2009 | By Steve Holland -Analysis
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Barack Obama will look to rebound from one of the most difficult weeks of his six-month presidency, one in which his legislative priority, healthcare, stumbled and he got caught up in a racial controversy. Obama's soaring rhetoric helped him win the presidency and propelled his first months in Washington. But despite his frequent speeches declaring a healthcare revamp is urgently needed to help rebuild the U.S. economy, Americans are still expressing some uncertainty. Americans are beginning to sour on his economic policies. A USA Today/Gallup poll last week said that by 49 percent to 47 percent, those...
  • Welcome to the ‘Club’

    07/26/2009 5:52:12 AM PDT · by skimbell · 23 replies · 191+ views
    The New York Times ^ | July 24, 2009 | CHARLES M. BLOW
    This week, the fog of racial profiling hung heavy over Harvard Square. The arrest of Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., the eminent Harvard scholar, at his own home thrust the police’s treatment of minorities, particularly black men, back into the spotlight. Whether one thinks race was a factor in this arrest may depend largely on the prism through which the conflicting accounts are viewed. For many black men, it’s through a prism stained by the fact that a negative, sometimes racially charged, encounter with a policeman is a far-too-common rite of passage...
  • .Black scholar agrees to beer with Obama, policeman

    07/25/2009 6:51:25 PM PDT · by skimbell · 31 replies · 278+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jul 25 | David Lawder
    A prominent black Harvard University scholar has accepted an invitation to have a beer with President Barack Obama and the white police officer who arrested him in a racially charged case. Professor Henry Louis Gates said Saturday he was willing to have a peace-making beer with Obama and Cambridge, Massachusetts, police Sgt. James Crowley. Gates was arrested last week at his home after a neighbor called police to say that a man was breaking into the house. Obama said Cambridge police had "acted stupidly," prompting an outcry from police groups...
  • Devolution: AP Waters Down Obama-Gates-Crowley Headline, Opening Paragraphs (AP Busted!

    07/25/2009 12:23:03 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 21 replies · 1,107+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 7/25/09 | Tom Blumer
    Watching Associated Press reports evolve, or as is all too often the case, devolve, can be a revealing exercise. Example: What happened between 8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday that would have caused the Associated Press and writer Nancy Benac to water down the headline and opening paragraphs of their story about the Obama-Gates-Crowley situation from this.... OBAMA RUSHES TO QUELL RACIAL UPROAR HE HELPED FIRE .... to this? (after the jump) OBAMA MOVES TO DAMPEN UPROAR OVER COMMENT ON RACE
  • Obama calls officer in bid to calm racial flap

    07/25/2009 3:50:45 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 60 replies · 2,534+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Saturday, July 25, 2009 | By Kara Rowland and David R. Sands
    President Obama on Friday spoke directly with the Boston police sergeant he had criticized in the arrest of a black Harvard professor in a bid to cool an escalating racial controversy that the president admitted he had helped fuel. In an unscheduled appearance in the White House press room, Mr. Obama told reporters it was "unfortunate" that his own remarks at a Wednesday night press conference had fed the growing frenzy surrounding the July 16 incident. Mr. Obama had said that Sgt. James Crowley, who is white, and the Cambridge, Mass., police force had acted "stupidly" in arresting and handcuffing...
  • Obama's disdain for blue (Stuck on Stupidly)

    07/25/2009 3:51:04 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 35 replies · 1,215+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, July 27, 2009 | By Jim Kouri
    When President Obama took a verbal swipe at a police officer who had arrested a friend of his for disorderly conduct, many law enforcement officers took the president's statements as evidence of his disdain for local cops. The Cambridge Police Department "acted stupidly," the president declared after saying he was unfamiliar with the details of the incident. Continues... Stuck on Stupidly Renowned healthcare and law enforcement expert Obama thinks a totalitarian healthcare system for America would be great but getting arrested for disorderly conduct is institutionalized oppression. A bazillion unionized government "healthcare" bureaucrats would be telling you if and when...
  • Obama Regrets (that he exposed himself as a bigot)

    07/25/2009 4:06:01 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 46 replies · 1,753+ views
    PowerLine ^ | July 24, 2009 | John
    The poll data on President Obama's intervention in the Henry Gates matter must be very bad. Earlier today, Obama made a surprise appearance at Robert Gibbs's press briefing for the sole purpose of addressing the controversy. Just before the briefing he called Officer James Crowley to talk about the incident--but not, apparently, to apologize for telling a national television audience that Crowley "acted stupidly" when he arrested Gates. Here are highlights of the President's remarks: I actually just had a conversation with Sergeant Jim Crowley, the officer involved. And I have to tell you that, as I said yesterday, my...
  • Obama moves to dampen uproar over comment on race

    07/25/2009 4:21:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 835+ views ^ | July 25, 2009 | NANCY BENAC
    President Barack Obama concedes his words _ that a white police officer "acted stupidly" when he arrested a black university scholar in his own home _ were ill-chosen. But, while he invited both men to visit him at the White House, Obama stopped short of publicly apologizing for his remark. The president personally telephoned the two men, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley, in an effort to end the rancorous back-and-forth over what had transpired and what Obama had said about it. Trying to lighten the situation, he even commiserated with Crowley about...
  • Obama Calls Cambridge Police Officer, Invites him for a Beer with Gates at the White House

    07/25/2009 5:38:23 AM PDT · by mylife · 134 replies · 2,966+ views
    ABC ^ | 7/25/09 | Yunji de Nies, Sunlen Miller and Sarah Tobianski
    Obama Calls Cambridge Police Officer, Invites him for a Beer with Gates at the White House July 24, 2009 3:29 PM ABC News' Yunji de Nies, Sunlen Miller and Sarah Tobianski report: President Obama made his second surprise appearance before press in the briefing room to address what he called the “media frenzy” over his comments on the Skip Gates case. “The fact that it has garnered so much attention, I think, is a testimony to the fact that these are issues that are still very sensitive here in America,” The President said, “And, you know, so to the extent...