Former GA Rep. Cynthia McKinney to Run for Old Congressional Seat on Green Party Ticket

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She’s baaaack.  Cynthia McKinney that is. The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is preparing to run for her fourth Congressional district seat on the Green Party ticket. You will recall she pandered for scraps from Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, when then-mayor Rudy Giuliani rebuffed the prince’s $10 million olive branch. McKinney was defeated by Hank Johnson in 2006, after serving six terms in Congress. Ms. McKinney also enraged the White House by taking part in a flotilla headed for the Gaza Strip.

McKinney filed paperwork April 2 with the Federal Elections Commission declaring her intention to run, the AJC reports. The newspaper also reports last week she was recruiting  volunteers to collect the 18,860 signatures of registered voters she’ll need by August 6 to get on the newly redrawn 4th district ballot. I hope the voters in her district won’t be jaded into thinking she will help them improve their lives one iota. She didn’t do it in six terms and she certainly won’t do it running as a Green Party candidate.

Hank Johnson hasn’t done much if anything for his district either. So, I guess the constituents are up for grabs, if the right candidate came along. I just don’t think a career politician is the answer.

Here’s an excerpt of her letter to the prince:

Your Royal Highness, the state of black America is not good. It is painfully visible in Washington D.C., where, just a few hundred yards from the White House, one can find black man after black man huddled in bus shelters, doorways, over subway ventilation shafts, sleeping on the street, thrown away like trash. Ironically, many of them are Vietnam veterans who, having served this nation with distinction in Vietnam, now find themselves without adequate care and accommodation. Unfortunately, this same scene is repeated in each and every one of our major cities here in the United States.

I am ashamed to say that my home city of Atlanta is no exception. Just last night my son was out with members of Atlanta’s Muslim community who, for years, have been feeding Atlanta’s homeless. Sadly, no one in mainstream Atlanta knows about the tireless and generous work of the local Muslim community. But the poor know, and I guess at one level that’s all that matters. But on a broader view mainstream America should know.

The Justice Department admits that blacks are more likely than whites to be pulled over by police, imprisoned, and put to death. And, though blacks and whites have about the same rate of drug use, blacks are more likely to be arrested than whites and are more likely to receive longer prison sentences than whites. Incredibly, 80% of people in prison in the United States are people of color. Twenty-six black men were executed last year, some probably innocent; America began 2001 by executing a retarded black woman.

I would venture to say that the last person the fourth Congressional District needs is another career politician, who doesn’t have a solid history of accomplishment, to muck up the process. I would venture to say that the voters should demand better candidates than they have received thus far in Hank Johnson and Cynthia McKinney. The new District 4 contains about two-thirds of  DeKalb County including the cities of Stone Mountain, which is predominantly black, Scottdale, as well as portions of Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale counties.

Daniel Lapin of Toward Tradition Says Bible Warned of 9/11 Attacks, Which Were Based on Hitler’s Dream

Pat Robertson and his 700 Club are at it again. Daniel Lapin of Toward Tradition appeared on The 700 Club Wednesday with Pat Robertson, alleging that the Bible warned us of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, in the book of Zachariah. According to Right Wing Watch, he went on to say that the attacks were “based on a dream that Adolf Hitler had in 1943.” Why do people still watch The 700 Club?

Lapin: The Torah, in ancient Jewish wisdom the Bible, actually explains something which we have lived through which is one of the great mysteries: the plot of 9/11.

Robertson: Really!

Lapin: The plot of 9/11. Not only do we find references in Zachariah to four mysterious crafts that come through between two mountains made of metal, in biblical terminology mountains can be natural mountains or also anything tall that grows up like two buildings, also the idea that the plot was hatched not in Mecca or Medina or Riyadh or anywhere else in Saudi Arabia, that plot was hatched in Hamburg, Germany, and was based on a dream that Adolf Hitler had in 1943 which was to fly suicide Luftwaffe German air force bombers into the towers of Manhattan.

Robertson: Are you serious, that was Hitler’s dream?

Lapin: That was a Hitler dream described in a book called ‘Spandau Diary’ written by one of the Nazis who was captured after the war and who witnessed, and actually I’ve seen drawings, and I don’t doubt for a moment that the Muslim plotters, in the mosque in Hamburg who laid out the plans for 9/11, I don’t doubt for a moment that they encountered those same plans. I don’t think they thought of this themselves. This was the fulfillment of a dream that was really put in place early on in World War II. Source: Right Wing Watch

Glenn Beck Says Michelle Obama Made Disrespectful Comment About Flag to President Obama During 9/11 Ceremony

Glenn Beck and his right wing posse are trying to say that First Lady Michelle Obamadisrespected” the U.S. flag during the 9/11 ceremony last Sunday. Watch the video below and see if you can decipher what she said about the flag. It’s clear the last word she uttered was “flag” but it doesn’t mean she was being disrespectful. This another move by the right wing to smear this woman. They are saying she may have said, “all this for a flag,” or “all this for a damn flag,” judging from her body language. Um, really people, really?Is the right wing smear machine now reduced to lip-reading? Misleading and false lip-reading at that. They are hanging on for any shred of evidence to back their claim that Michelle Obama is unpatriotic, but guess what? She’s not.

First Lady Michelle Obama’s communications director Kristina Schake, made the following statement about the smear campaign:

The words, meaning and context in these claims are all wildly off the mark. The First Lady was commenting to the President on how moving and powerful it always is to watch all that America’s firefighters and police officers do to honor the flag. It was an emotional moment on a powerful day and she was awed by the ceremony and all that the flag symbolizes.

Professor Cornel West Says "Niggerized America Scared, Dominated & Beaten Down Since 911

Professor Cornel West says the “Niggerization of America” has led to everyone being scared, dominated and beaten down since 9/11..

Professor Cornel West has lost his mind, literally and figuratively. He recently said America has been “niggerized,” not just blacks, everyone is scared, dominated and beaten down since September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Tom Engelhardt’s Al-Jazeera Op-Ed Column: "Let’s Forget 9/11" & "Remove it From Our Collective Consciousness"

Is it time for us to stop commemorating the terrorist attacks on September 11th? Apparently Tom Engelhardt, a fellow at the liberal-leaning The Nation Institute and a professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, would like us to do just that. In an op-ed on, he said it’s time for the United States to “bag” remembrance of the September 11 attacks. Does he really think that’s fair to all those people who lost their lives in those unspeakable acts of violence? What about the family members left to grieve the demise of their loved ones at the hands of terrorists? Here’s an excerpt from the op-ed:

Let’s bag it.

I’m talking about the tenth anniversary ceremonies for 9/11, and everything that goes with them: the solemn reading of the names of the dead, the tolling of bells, the honouring of first responders, the gathering of presidents, the dedication of the new memorial, the moments of silence. The works.

Let’s just can it all. Shut down Ground Zero. Lock out the tourists. Close “Reflecting Absence”, the memorial built in the “footprints” of the former towers with its grove of trees, giant pools, and multiple waterfalls before it can be unveiled this Sunday. Discontinue work on the underground National September 11 Museum due to open in 2012. Tear down the Freedom Tower (redubbed 1 World Trade Center after our “freedom” wars went awry), 102 stories of “the most expensive skyscraper ever constructed in the United States”. (Estimated price tag: $3.3bn.) Eliminate that still-being-constructed, hubris-filled 1,776 feet of building, planned in the heyday of George W Bush and soaring into the Manhattan sky like a nyaah-nyaah invitation to future terrorists. Dismantle the other three office towers being built there as part of an $11bn government-sponsored construction programme. Let’s get rid of it all. If we had wanted a memorial to 9/11, it would have been more appropriate to leave one of the giant shards of broken tower there untouched.

Ask yourself this: ten years into the post-9/11 era, haven’t we had enough of ourselves? If we have any respect for history or humanity or decency left, isn’t it time to rip the Band-Aid off the wound, to remove 9/11 from our collective consciousness? No more invocations of those attacks to explain otherwise inexplicable wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and our oh-so-global war on terror. No more invocations of 9/11 to keep the Pentagon and the national security state flooded with money. No more invocations of 9/11 to justify every encroachment on liberty, every new step in the surveillance of Americans, every advance in pat-downs and wand-downs and strip downs that keeps fear high and the homeland security state afloat.

It is absolutely amazing at the how little regard people like Tom Engelhardt have for the victims of these attacks. We commemorate a whole hosts of events that brought pain and suffering to innocent Americans, so why take offense to 9/11? No matter what your political affiliation or ideology, it is just plain wrong to ask or even entertain any thoughts of obliterating the events of 9/11 from our memories. You just can’t wipe it out of your mind. What he wrote is far more destructive and divisive than the mess Paul Krugman wrote in his short column. I agree that both the Republicans and Democrats have publicized this tragedy ad nauseam, but is it fair to ask Americans to forget and wipe it from our collective consciousness?

Paul Krugman Says Former President George W. Bush & Rudy Giuliani "Fake Heroes of 9/11 Rushing to Cash In" on Terrorist Attacks

Paul Krugman pens scathing column, “The Years of Shame,” calling former President George W. Bush and former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani “fake heroes” of 9/11 terror attacks, who rushed to “cash in on the horror.”

Paul Krugman “Years of Shame” after 9/11

Paul Krugman wrote a scathing column, “The Years of Shame,” criticizing former President George W. Bush & former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani, “fake heroes” of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He claims both men “rushed to cash in on the horror.” I wouldn’t say both men rushed to cash in on what was one of the worst days in America’s history but I do think that the love-affair people developed with Rudy Giuliani, calling him “America’s mayor” was misguided at best. Any other mayor in a similar position would have reacted the same way. That was a part of his job. He couldn’t run and hide. He had to be visible.

The Years of Shame

Is it just me, or are the 9/11 commemorations oddly subdued?

Actually, I don’t think it’s me, and it’s not really that odd.

What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful. Te atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons.

A lot of other people behaved badly. How many of our professional pundits — people who should have understood very well what was happening — took the easy way out, turning a blind eye to the corruption and lending their support to the hijacking of the atrocity?

The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it.

I’m not going to allow comments on this post, for obvious reasons. Source: NY Times

This isn’t the time to point fingers at who cashed in and who didn’t. Many innocent lives were lost at the hands of people who wanted to hurt us in the worse way. This isn’t an occasion for shame, but to be proud of all those first responders who died doing their jobs. It is an occasion to be proud of those passengers who  stopped the terrorists from carrying out their plans by downing that plane in Pennsylvania. Paul Krugman has clearly missed the mark in his commentary on those “fake heroes” of 9/11. My maternal grandmother always said, if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything. Mr. Krugman, that applies to you as well.

Don’t get me wrong, I know the Republicans, including President Bush and VP Dick Cheney, rammed down  our throats the events of 9/11 and tricked many who would have voted for John Kerry to vote for their party out of fear of another terrorist attack. Bush and his team used the events as political capital leading up to the 2004 elections. They also used fear-mongering to fight an unnecessary war in Iraq, with no end in sight years later. The same fear-mongering was used to force Americans to support President Bush’s largely unpopular agenda, that has left this country mired in debt and a hot mess. Yes, I do agree that the Republicans have used 9/11 as a fear-mongering tool, but can we just have one day to commemorate the lost lives and honor the victims and survivors alike?

77 U.S. Soldiers Wounded, Two Afghan Civilians Killed in Truck Bombing in Wardak Province, Taliban Claims Responsibility

As we commemorate the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks on the U.S., 77 American soldiers were wounded and two Afghan civilians killed in a Taliban truck bombing that targeted the American base, Combat Outpost Sayed Abad in Wardak province. The blast occurred late Saturday, according to NATO. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the vicious attack.

Cartoons of the Day: A Tribute to Victims & Survivors of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks on 10th Anniversary

Sunday Cartoons: A Tribute to Victims and Survivors of the Terrorist Attacks on U.S. on September 11, 2001

At long last, Osama bin Laden can’t gloat on the anniversary of the most heinous act perpetrated on the U.S.

After 10 years, have the first responders the Twin Towers, known as World Trade Center, been forgotten?

Let us develop the courage many showed on 9/11 and we must never forget.