Councilman Carl Stokes Equates “Thug” With “N*gger” Over Baltimore Protests

Coucilman Carl Stokes

Councilman Carl Stokes Equates “Thug” to “N*gger” Over Baltimore Protests

Baltimore City councilman Carl Stokes got into a heated discussion with CNN’s Erin Burnett over Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and President Obama calling the rioters and looters “thugs.” Stokes took offense with the word thugs, saying that the word should not be used to describe “our kids.”

Stokes said, “These are children who have been set aside, marginalized and who have not been engaged by us.” He said,  “Just call them n*ggers.” Wow, really? Erin Burnett clapped back when Stokes asked her if she would call her son a “thug.” She said, yes, if he was engaging in similar behavior.

Former NAACP president Kwesi Mfume said he’s more concerned about the movement and not a word. He said the movement was going in the wrong direction.

‘Clueless’ Actress Stacey Dash Wrongly Claims No-One Beheaded Under Bush

stacey dash danny pearl beheading

‘Clueless’ Actress Stacey Dash Wrongly Claims No-One Beheaded Under Bush

Stacey Dash on beheadings

“Clueless” actress Stacey Dash claims that no-one would have been beheaded under a George W. Bush presidency during her appearance on Fox News’ “Outnumbered.” Um, one problem….Danny Pearl was beheaded on GWB’s watch.

Dash’s comments came after George W. Bush trashed Persident Obama’s foreign policy during a closed-door event on Saturday.

In remarks to the Republican Jewish Coalition, Bush said, “Just remember the guy who slit Danny Pearl’s throat is in Gitmo, and now they’re doing it on TV.”

Without doing her homework, Stacey Dash ran with the statement, saying, “When George W. Bush was president, the most important thing to him was not to be liked, but to be respected. And you better believe no one would have been beheaded when he was president.”

Many said that the release of Danny Pearl’s execution video was a catalyst for the other beheadings that have popped in the region. The Washington Post reports, “After [Pearl’s] death, the use of this tactic seemed to spread, most notably into Iraq, where a large number of foreign citizens were captured and later beheaded in the immediate years after the U.S.-led invasion.”

After all these years, Stacey Dash is still clueless. I guess 9/11 didn’t really happen under George W. Bush’s watch. Or even all those embassy attacks overseas. I also remember Dubya and Dick Cheney being reviled on the world stage. But facts never got in the way of Fox News scaremongering and idiocy.

Irony: George W. Bush Trashes President Obama on Iran and ISIS

George W. Bush

Irony: George W. Bush Trashes President Obama on Iran and ISIS

George W. Bush trashes Obama on foreign policy

Oh, the irony.  Iraq invasion engineer George W. Bush trashed President Obama on Iran and ISIS during a meeting with the Republican Jewish Coalition on Saturday. He opined that President Obama had America in retreat mode on the world stage and that he was too soft on Iran and ISIS.

More from Bloomberg:

According to the attendee’s transcription, Bush noted that Iran has a new president, Hassan Rouhani. “He’s smooth,” Bush said. “And you’ve got to ask yourself, is there a new policy or did they just change the spokesman?”

Bush said that Obama’s plan to lift sanctions on Iran with a promise that they could snap back in place at any time was not plausible. He also said the deal would be bad for American national security in the long term: “You think the Middle East is chaotic now? Imagine what it looks like for our grandchildren. That’s how Americans should view the deal.”

Bush then went into a detailed criticism of Obama’s policies in fighting the Islamic State and dealing with the chaos in Iraq. On Obama’s decision to withdraw all U.S. troops in Iraq at the end of 2011, he quoted Senator Lindsey Graham calling it a “strategic blunder.” Bush signed an agreement with the Iraqi government to withdraw those troops, but the idea had been to negotiate a new status of forces agreement to keep U.S. forces there past 2011. The Obama administration tried and failed to negotiate such an agreement.

Bush said he views the rise of the Islamic State as al-Qaeda’s “second act” and that they may have changed the name but that murdering innocents is still the favored tactic. He defended his own administration’s handling of terrorism, noting that the terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who confessed to killing Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, was captured on his watch: “Just remember the guy who slit Danny Pearl’s throat is in Gitmo, and now they’re doing it on TV.”

Obama promised to degrade and destroy Islamic State’s forces but then didn’t develop a strategy to complete the mission, Bush said. He said that if you have a military goal and you mean it, “you call in your military and say ‘What’s your plan?’ ” He indirectly touted his own decision to surge troops to Iraq in 2007, by saying, “When the plan wasn’t working in Iraq, we changed.”

“In order to be an effective president … when you say something you have to mean it,” he said. “You gotta kill em.”

President Obama’s Top 5 Jokes from 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Obama White House Correspondents' dinner 2015

President Obama’s Top 5 Jokes from 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

President Obama had some zingers at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, including hits against Dick Cheney, Ted Cruz and Michele Bachmann.

Here’s our list:

1. A few weeks ago, Dick Cheney says he thinks I’m the worst president of his lifetime. Which is interesting, because I think Dick Cheney is the worst president of my lifetime. It’s quite a coincidence.

2. But of course, let’s face it, there’s one issue on every reporter’s mind and that is 2016. Already, we’ve seen some missteps. It turns out Jeb Bush identified himself as “Hispanic” back in 2009. Which you know what, look, I understand. It’s an innocent mistake. Reminds me of when I identified myself as “American” back in 1961.

3. Do you have a bucket list? I say, well, I have something that rhymes with bucket list. Immigration executive action? Bucket. Stricter climate rules. Bucket.

4. Just this week, Michele Bachmann actually predicted that I would bring about the biblical end of days. Now that’s a legacy. That’s big. I mean, Lincoln, Washington — they didn’t do that.

5. The Koch brothers think they need to spend a billion dollars to get folks to like one of these people [2016 GOP presidential candidates]. I raised a lot…but my middle name is Hussein.

His anger translator, Keegan-Michael Key, was also a big hit. He was very funny.

Watch President Obama at White House Correspondents’ Dinner:

Maya Harris Key to Hillary Clinton Getting High Women of Color Turnout on Election Day

Maya Harris Key to Hillary Clinton High Women of Color Turnout on Election Day

Maya Harris (r) Key to Hillary Clinton High Women of Color Turnout on Election Day (Photo Credit: Twitter via @MayaHarris)

Maya Harris, key to Hillary Clinton getting high women of color turnout on Election Day.

Maya Harris, the sister of California Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris, is one of Hillary Clinton’s most interesting campaign hire so far. Last Tuesday, the Clinton campaign named three wonks to lead her policy team — Jake Sullivan, a top aide during her stint at the State Department, Ann O’Leary, who worked as legislative director in her Senate office, and Maya Harris, who isn’t a known member of Clinton’s inner circle.

Maya Harris did not hold a key position in the Clinton State Department, Senate office or even her 2008 presidential campaign. Harris, a law professor and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, published a paper that may hold the key to why Hillary Clinton hired her in the first place. The paper may help Clinton expand the Barack Obama coalition that helped him beat John McCain and Mitt Romney by wide margins in 2008 and 2012 — women, particularly women of color.

Harris’ paper, entitled “Women of Color: A Growing Force in the American Electorate,” issues a scathing rebuke of politicians and political strategists of only addressing the concerns of women of color “as a part of broader efforts aimed at womeen, youth, or a specific racial or ethnic group.” Harris argues that women of color are their own fast-growing voting bloc. She maintains that any politician who wants to win must make sure that “their interests are priorities on the policy agenda.”

Harris writes, “As the 2008, 2012, and 2013 elections demonstrated, women of color are a key, emerging voting bloc with the potential to significantly affect electoral outcomes.” While Barack Obama lagged with white women voters, he overwhelming got the voters of women of color. The same held true for Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia gubernatorial race. She writes, “turnout by women of color in an off-year election helped provide Terry McAuliffe (D) the margin of victory in the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial election.”

“In the past two years [2012 & 2013], more than 2 million women of color have joined the vote-eligible population. As more people of color participate in elections, demographic trends suggest that women of color will become increasingly prominent electoral players,” Harris writes.

Maya Harris doesn’t simply address how to win the votes of women of color in elections. She addresses why politicians should try to go after this key demographic. “Women are the country’s largest voting bloc, and women of color are the fastest-growing segment of that group,” she writes. She goes on to note that “women of color represent 74 percnt of the growth in eligible women voters since 2000.”

Harris tweeted that “ are nearly 90% of overall voting-eligible population growth for women since 2012.” Here is a chart that show the importance of women of color voting bloc:

Fast-growing Women of Color Voting Bloc

Fast-growing Women of Color Voting Bloc

It will be interesting to see if Hillary Clinton can sustain the Obama coalition that came out in large numbers — women, black voters, Hispanics, LGBT and young voters. Many on the right believe Hillary Clinton won’t be able to sustain the minority turnout on election day, but the fact that she hired Maya Harris signals that the campaign is serious about expanding that coalition. Harris’ point is that most of the voters in the Obama coalition were women. Hillary Clinton can sustain that coalition. She just has to give them a good reason to turn out.

The numbers are on Hillary Clinton’s side, as the Republican Party continues to alienate women voters, particularly women of color, with playing politics with the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the country’s first black female Attorney General. While their actions may not be racially motivated, it certainly sends the message to black voters that the Republicans have little use for us. The Republicans are relying on the white male demographic to win, but that alone can’t get them into the White House. Hillary Clinton must deliver policy appealing directly to women, particularly women of color, to drive high turnout in 2016. She has to go where Barack Obama didn’t go with formulating policy that appealed to black voters. Maya Harris is the adviser who has a proven track record in understanding how to use policy to bring women of color to the polls.

President Obama, Cuban President Raul Castro in Historic Sit-Down Meeting

President Obama, Cuban President Raul Castro in Historic Sit-Down Meeting

President Obama, Cuban President Raul Castro in Historic Sit-Down Meeting (Photo Credit: White House.gov)

President Obama, Cuban President Raul Castro historic meeting

President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro met in the first sit-down between the two countries in a half-century. The last time the two countries had a meeting was in 1956. It is very historic.

Obama told Castro that “over time it is possible for us to turn the page and develop a new relationship between our 2 countries.”

President Castro asked for “patience” as the two countries thaw relations.

President Obama said, “This shift in US policy represents a turning point for our entire region.”

Earlier, President Castro apologized to President Obama and that he was unlike the 10 previous presidents before him. He said Obama was a “honest man” and reached this conclusion after skimming through his autobiography.

New York Times: “If Mr. Obama was ready to forget past grudges, Mr. Castro was not. He gave a lengthy speech on Saturday that included a recitation of Cuban grievances against the United States — including its support for Fulgencio Batista, the Bay of Pigs invasion and its opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay — sometimes pounding the table for emphasis. But Mr. Castro also made clear that he did not blame Mr. Obama for the legacy of bad blood between their two countries.”

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Hubris: Dick Cheney Takes On President Obama in New Book

Hubris: Dick Cheney Takes On President Obama in New Book

Hubris: Dick Cheney Takes On President Obama in New Book (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey/Flickr)

Dick Cheney, the least credible person in the U.S. is set to take on President Obama in a new book, entitled “Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America.” His daughter, Liz Cheney, who couldn’t even win a senatorial seat, is the co-author.

According to the Associated Press, the book “contends that Obama has abandoned a decades-long tradition of American global leadership.”

President Obama to Make First Official Visit to Kenya

President Obama to Make First Official Visit to Kenya

President Obama to Make First Official Visit to Kenya (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

President Obama will make his first official trip to Kenya in July. The White House said he will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which will be attended by business leaders, governments and international organizations.

Obama visited Kenya as a senator but never as the president.

President Obama’s father was born in Kenya and had returned there shortly after his birth. He died more than 30 years ago.

Report: President Obama to Visit Jamaica in Early April

Report: President Obama to Visit Jamaica in Early April

Report: President Obama to Visit Jamaica in Early April

President Obama is set to visit Jamaica in April, the Jamaica Observer reports. The newspaper reports, “Obama is scheduled to attend a meeting in Kingston on April 9, after which he will leave for Panama to attend the Summit of the Americas that will be held over April 10 – 11.”

Rudy Giuliani Playing Victim After Getting Death Threats for Obama Comments

Rudy Giuliani Painting Himself as a Victim Over Death Threats for Obama Comments

Rudy Giuliani Painting Himself as a Victim Over Death Threats for Obama Comments (Photo Credit: YouTube Video Screengrab)

The right wing can dish it but they can’t take it. Rudy Giuliani is now playing the victim after his office allegedly received death threats over the despicable comments he made about President Obama not loving America and not being raised the same way as he and others. Are we supposed to feel sorry for him?

Giuliani doubled down, well, more like flailing to stay afloat. The latest is that he is saying Obama was introduced to communism at age nine. I didn’t realize Rudy Giuliani grew up with the president. So much for Giuliani’s reputation as “America’s Mayor.” That legacy is now in tatters.