Here's a link to the video of Maher's "New Rules" segment from March 23. The part about the Plame outing is at the two minute mark, right after he makes fun of old people in the post office...
And finally, new rule...traitors don't get to question my patriotism! What could be less patriotic than *constantly* screwing things up for America? You know, it's literally hard to keep up with the sheer volume of scandals in the Bush administration, which is why I like to download the latest scandals right onto my iPod. That way I can catch up on this week's giant f*ck up on my drive into work. (Laughter). In fact, Bush has so many scandals, he could open a chain of scandal-and-f*ck-up themed restaurants. "Ooh, should I get the Harriet Miers meatloaf of the Katrina crabcakes?"
Saturday, March 24, 2007
For lack of proof, I’m still having doubts that
As referenced below.
In my humble opinion, it’s all a game to these guys, folks -- one huge, high-stakes, “how-to-hype-a-threat-and-make-lots-AND-LOTS-of-money” game. Sorry, we’re not eligible to play but if we could, here’s how the game might work:
How to play the game:
1. Find a few patsies with plenty of moolah; say… some naïve, trusting souls that you’ve already had dealings with over the years who are dripping with oil money, literally.
2. Through acquiescent media blitzes and centuries-old religious and/or social fears exaggerate and exploit a regional threat (preferably, one located in the same region as your patsies) – or… if you can’t seem to find a threat suitable for hyping – invent one.
3. If aforementioned threat is slow to prompt compliance from your patsies, create in real time an example of what could happen if they ignored that threat. In your fear-instilling demonstration, be sure to include equal measures of violence, poverty, sectarian strife. Oh, and don't forget to use the threat of nuclear annihilation.
4. Make sure you have another contrived threat in the wings to use in coordination with or opposition of the primary threat -- as sort of a one-two punch combination, if you will – thereby overwhelming chosen victim with existential fear and loathing of threat.
5. Bring in a partner or coalition to bolster credibility and altruism of your selfless act of benevolence in the minds of not only your victims but also the spectators to the unfolding melodrama. Also, be sure to utilize your partner(s) in crime to aid you in spreading the fear and loathing, in your chosen region and around the world. (potential, future dupes)
1. There are no rules; well, at least for you, that is. Go ahead; lie, cheat, steal and murder (if necessary) to obtain your objective, while making sure your dupes and spectators alike must adhere to the rule of law, common sense, human decency, and real moral values.
2. Keep both threat(s) and audience at bay by diverting attention, denying diplomacy, and destroying naysayers.
3. Be persistent, obstinate even… and apply blame liberally. (very important)
4. There is no hard and fast fourth rule. If you run into a snag, use your imagination. Be creative and don’t shy away from using your position of power to wreak havoc on the lives of the innocent and less fortunate, if necessary. (or, even if you just feel like it)
Your mission, (should you choose to accept it) is to achieve world domination through whatever means available, including but not limited to:
A. Supplanting your home government with a gang of miscreant cronies all with strong loyalty to the gamemaster. If need be go ahead and steal an election or two… or, three; whatever, just go for it. BTW, a high court sprinkled with likeminded ideologists is a definite plus here.
B. Cut social, economic and educational programs for the have-nots, and distribute all the ill-gotten gains between all the have-mores.
C. Always remember, use taxpayer funding for all your projects to maximize profits and holdings.
D. Stay focused. Don’t be concerned with trivialities like compassion for your fellow man, collateral damage or public distrust. Let the force from the dark side guide you.
E. For goodness sake, have some fun as you game the system and make wars of aggression for profit.
Great game, eh? If only you and I were allowed to play.
Seriously though, have you ever thought of this whole “remaking of the Middle East” deal as anything other than a perverted plan of mass war profiteering?
This from the online website of the Boston Globe:
But the arms sales, which would come on top of a recent upgrade of US Patriot antimissile interceptors in Qatar and Kuwait and the deployment of two aircraft carriers to the Gulf, could spark concerns that further military buildup in the volatile region would bring Washington closer to a confrontation with Iran.
This might be a gigantic leap of faith on my part, but I don’t think so. There will be no war with Iran.
You heard it here first, folks. (well, maybe not)
In my opinion,
Do you think the fact that we took out
The proposed expansive arms deals are nothing but a quasi-Cold-War-style geopolitical tactic designed for (1) maximum weapon profits, (2) to isolate
Ok, the latter is just conjecture on my part but it does make sense.
More from the article:
The move could be an economic boon for
The current arms sale proposals grew out of a diplomatic effort launched last May called the "Gulf Security Dialogue" in which US officials sought to suggest ways to bolster the defenses of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Oman.
Apparently, not every Gulf Region country opted to spend their hard-earned oil fossil fuel money on overpriced, sophisticated weapons systems. Rather, some decided on improving port security and protecting key energy installations. But, don’t worry; we’ve got that covered too. Can you say Blackwater? I mean, shouldn’t every oil-rich country have their own privatized, mercenary force, right?
Efforts to finalize the deals prompted high-level meetings and a recent delegation of Gulf nations, traveled to
However, there is a fly in the ointment… namely, Congress.
However, recent years have brought a change in attitude toward
I have to admit though, BushCo set this all up brilliantly. The Gulf nations, overwhelmingly Sunni Arabs, have sat back and watched Iran’s ever-increasing influence with Shi'ite politicians in Iraq and with Hezbollah, the Shi'ite militant group based primarily in Lebanon.
And, it even appears to me that BushCo is even using the U.N. in the grand plan.
Of course, some policy center analysts in
But, then again,
A veritable cornucopia of newfangled machines of war exists for sale. Michael Knights, a fellow for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, who has worked with the Defense Department on military “lessons learned” research in Iraq, stated that many of the negotiations on arms sales in the Gulf this past year focused exclusively on selling the Royal Saudi Navy brand new Littoral Combat Ships.
The lean, mean lightly armored coastal defense ship, produced in
Another handy dandy weapon that no Gulf region nation should be without is the Northup Grumman slick & slinky E-2D Hawkeye 2000, an early warning aircraft that the United Arab Emirates tried to buy back in 2003 in order to bolster its feeble air force. At the time, the U.S. Navy killed the deal, disallowing the sale of essential communications software. The Navy didn’t disclose the reasons for the nixing. However, last month, a trade magazine, Defense News, reported that the deal might be on again.
And, that announcement a couple months ago saying that he would deploy an additional Patriot missile battery to the
There are some Gulf nations reluctant to reach an agreement on arms sales because they didn’t want to send the wrong message.
Imagine that. But, of course, Mr. Mull has an answer to any such peaceniks:
“It’s a delicate neighborhood to live in,” he said recently. “There’s this looming power across the Gulf with who they must live.”
Indeed, there's a “looming power” all right, but it’s not in the
Posted by Flirtin with Disaster at 9:34 PM
Friday, March 23, 2007
It was just last Thursday that I first learned about Daniel Tammet, a young man with Asperger's Syndrome who was featured on 60 Minutes due to his amazing math and memory abilities. The next day, I wrote Living together in different worlds, in which I shared some of the similarities I noticed between Tammet and my son, who also has a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome.
Anyway, here's more of that interview. This caller can be heard just after the 20 minute mark...
Caller (Jeff): I work in the Portland area. I'm called in to evaluate people in emergency rooms who are there being held involuntarily for psychiatric reasons. And I've been absolutely appalled at how many misdiagnoses I've seen--people who've been diagnosed as schizophrenic, biploar, borderline personality disorder, who truly have Asperger's or some other pervasive developmental disorder, who have been struggling their whole lives. And once they're properly diagnosed, and their treatment is shifted from antipsychotic medications and things like that to a more supportive and involved treatment, they thrive! So, they've spent their entire lives in this limbo of being diagnosed as mentally ill and ostracized, and I was just wondering if that has ever happened to Daniel, or if he knows other people who face that kind of problem.The host noted that Daniel, in his book, described taking "inappropriate medications" that made him drowsy. Daniel responded those were for his epilepsy. Daniel also said that he's read and heard of stories like that, but more so in the past, before the Asperger's Syndrome diagnosis was on the books. In the 1920s and 30s, before autism was well understood, many such children were diagnosed as having "infantile schizophrenia".
Daniel: So, I'm so grateful to be alive today, in the world in which we are now, where science is able to diagnose much more accurately, conditions such as this. And give people with autism a real shot at a good quality of life.The host asked psychologist Ami Klin about the the nature/nurture issue--to what extent is autism hereditary, or caused by various environmental agents we've been hearing about in recent years. Dr. Klin responded: Strongly genetic. When we talk about environmental factors, typically we are talking about environmental factors in utero, and not things that happen later on.
Finally, at around the 33 minute mark, a mother of a child with high functioning autism called in talked about her son's facility with foreign languages, and the fact that he has taught himself Swedish and Russian fluently. He has explained to her that he feels like a foreigner in his own country, and, by immersing himself in foreign languages, he doesn't feel so ostracized.
The host then asked Daniel if that sounded familiar to him, since he also has a facility for languages.
Daniel Tammet: It sounds incredibly familiar. And in fact that description just there of being a foreigner in your own country, and learning foreign languages in order to feel less a foreigner, is absolutely right. I speak ten languages--I can learn a new language in a few days. For the documentary film Brain Man, I was flown to Iceland and had 7 days to learn Icelandic, and was put on a television interview program where all of the questions for me at the end of the week were given to me in Icelandic, and all of my answers were in Icelandic.Daniel Tammet's book: Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant.
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It just won't be the answer you want to hear. But it won't matter. I think if Karl Rove actually does testify, he will be just as evasive and belligerent as Inhofe was with Al Gore this past week. And Americans are getting very tired of the "blame someone else" tactic that spews like rat vomit out of the Bush White House. That crap is just played out.
Americans are sick of this war. Bush's poll numbers are lucky to get out of the 20's and we all want answers. And our list of unanswered questions gets longer ever day. And I hate to say this, but I am surprised that this is now the mood of the Nation. I fully expected for the Bush lovers to love him forever. Whenever the right wing latches on to someone like they did Reagan, they never let go. Kinda like ebola.
My other shock has been how cable news has been treating this story. For the most part, they have been giving BushCo grief over the bullshit deal the White House offered Congress. And to my utter shock, Chris "I bark at cars" Matthews has been beating the snot out of the White House position.
AND WHAT THEY HELL HAS HAPPENED TO SCARBOROUGH? Sweet Goddess in the tree, Joe has totally left the plantation and has called BS on the whole thing.
If you look back to a year ago, Congress was silent unless the Hammer was committing crimes. Who knows what Mark Foley was up to. And Bush was ripping the Constitution and the foundations of democracy to pieces.
And against all of this, the GOP still embrace their most corrupt with warm, moist kisses. Case in point, Tom "The Hammer" DeLay. Why he is even allowed on TV to push his nonsense anymore I beyond me.
If This Be Treason knocks it out of the park:
I suppose Mr. DeLay might think he has written a twentieth century Confessions of Saint Augustine. He tells of his early career in congress when he was a drunk and a philanderer. Like George Bush, he says he was saved, that he met Jesus.
Over the last 10 weeks, the Dems in Congress have turned the Government upside down and is shaking it as much as they can.
All we can do now is watch all the cockroaches fall and hit the ground.
Big day at work today, and I should actually try to get in early, but I wanted to make sure I pointed out this essay by Nonpartisan at My Left Wing. It, in turn, refers to an op-ed piece written by former ("A-list") blogger Billmon way back in September of 2004. It ends with this...
To be sure, there are still plenty of bloggers out there putting the 1st Amendment through its paces, their only compensation the satisfaction of speaking the truth to power. But it’s going to become more difficult for those voices to reach a broad audience. If the mainstream media are true to past form, they will treat the A-list blogs — commercialized, domesticated — as if they are the entire blogosphere, while studiously ignoring the more eccentric, subversive currents swirling deeper down. Not the most glorious ending for a would-be revolution, but also not a surprising one. Bloggers aren’t the first, and won’t be the last, rebellious critics to try to storm the castle, only to be invited to come inside and make themselves at home.
Posted by Renee in Ohio at 4:22 AM
In a just world, folk singer Mary Gauthier would be making Britney Spears money.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Some links I want to pass along before I turn in tonight...
Posted by Renee in Ohio at 10:27 PM
AAPPundit says: I just finished revisiting the article Carribbean Boat People: Clinton's First Crisis, written by Daniel James back in December 1992. It's a great article. I read it again after posting the fact that (hat Tip Angela) Hillary Clinton is getting support from Timbaland.
I wondered, why are people deciding who to support so early in the election cycle, when we don't know the full positions of the candidates yet. Then I wondered, if elected President what would Hillary, Obama or Edwards do if confronted with the Haitian and Cuban boat people crisis? Would Hillary do things different from what her husband did? What would Obama Do? What would Edwards do? Has anyone ever posed the question to them? Did Timbaland?
Read the article if you would. Then ask the question: What would Hillary, Obama or Edwards do?
Do you know?
Carribbean Boat People: Clinton's First Crisis
by Daniel James
By the time he is inaugurated on Jan. 20, President-elect Bill Clinton may be faced with a record flood of both Haitian and Cuban boat people. Besides, immigration from the Dominican Republic -- our biggest Caribbean immigrant sending country -- and Jamaica is even greater, though underpublicized. The convergence of these trends could produce a major crisis.
Clinton's election, reports The New York Times (Nov. 23), made Haitians "giddy" with expectation that he will either restore democracy to their unhappy country or welcome them into the U.S. "with open arms." Hundreds of boats are now being readied to sail the nearly 500 miles of choppy Caribbean waters to Miami, Coast Guard aerial surveillance reveals. Some are being built with wood ripped from their ramshackle homes.
A parallel rush of boat people is expected from that other oppressed Caribbean island, Cuba. They have continued crowding into Florida since the 1980 Mariel boatlift, when 125,000 of them arrived. They are not necessarily reacting to Clinton's election. Quite simply, as one Cuban refugee explained: "There is nothing in Cuba. Everyone wants to leave."
The Haitian Problem
Haiti's situation is worst of all. Generations of corrupt politicians, businessmen, and generals have virtually destroyed a once-flourishing economy, while illiterate peasants have eroded the once fertile land and cut down the trees to burn and sell them for charcoal.
To aggravate matters, Haiti's population grows exponentially. The UN estimates (official Haitian figures are notoriously unreliable) that it has increased from 4.5 million in 1970 to about 6.8 million today. Its natural increase rate is 2.9 percent, highest in the hemisphere.
The underlying problem is that Haiti, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean countries suffer from economic growth rates that are too low to support high population growth rates. (Cuba, though with a lower population growth rate, nevertheless has more people than its economy can afford.) Unless steps are taken to reduce population to sustainable levels, boatlifts are virtually guaranteed to continue indefinitely.
President-elect Clinton has not yet addressed the much greater overall Caribbean problem, but has commented on the Haitian exodus. During the election campaign, he said he opposed President Bush's policy of interdicting and repatriating Haitian asylum-seekers. He indicated that he would be generous toward them, implying that they were fleeing to the U.S. to escape persecution under Haiti's military regime. That attitude, however, aroused concern among his own followers as well as opponents that he would open up the floodgates to Haitian boat people.
At a Capitol Hill press conference on Nov. 19, Clinton tried to allay such fears. He said that he stood by his opposition to Bush's policy yet agreed that "the distinction between economic and political refugees was a legitimate one and if you wipe it away altogether you do violence to our immigration laws" -- the policy's raison d'etre. He further reassured, "I've tried to send out a clear signal...that I think it would be very unwise for anybody to think that I'm going to articulate a policy that would promote mass migration."
But he also said he wanted to give Haitians "the chance to make a case that they should be granted asylum in this country temporarily until we can see a democratically elected government restored to Haiti." However, the return to office of freely elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who was ousted by the military in September 1991, would not "restore" democracy and halt the tide of boat people. Democracy has been non-existent in Haiti since its independence, in 1804, and emigration is likely to continue rising as it has for over a generation regardless of who rules.
The net result, so far, of Clinton's offer to grant Haitians "temporary" asylum has been to tacitly encourage them to prepare to flee their country en masse by Jan. 20.
The Bush Administration argues that its repatriation policy is justified because Haitians are leaving their country not for political, but economic reasons -- one cannot make a living there.
Nevertheless, in July the 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the Bush policy violates the Refugee Act of 1980. The Administration has persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case, holding that the ruling interfered with its foreign policy. The Supreme Court is expected to issue its verdict early in 1993.
The chief difference between Bush and Clinton is that the latter would give Haitians a "chance to make [their] case" for asylum. But Clinton did not specify where that might take place -- a key question. No third country is willing to accept Haitians en masse for screening. Our naval base at Guantanamo, Cuba, where Haitians have been interned before repatriation, can accommodate only 12,500. That leaves the continental U.S. as the only alternative site. But such an option is fraught with frightening implications. More>
I imagine most people have heard by this point that John and Elizabeth Edwards held a press conference today to announce that her breast cancer had returned, but that the campaign will continue.
Mrs. Edwards has been one of her husband’s closest confidantes in both of his presidential campaigns. A former bankruptcy lawyer, who often spends hours a day on the Internet, she is among the campaign’s chief advisers.There is a discussion thread at the Edwards campaign site here.
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Inhofe is a sterling example of what the GOP is, stupid, willfully ignorant and whiny. Yesterday's confrontation between Gore and Inhofe shows clearly who the adults are in the room.
From our friends at Grist:
First, he spent the beginning of the hearing whining about the rules, and whether Gore submitted his testimony in time, and whether he was going to get his full 15 minutes, and whether if Gore's answers were too long he'd get time added, and etc. etc.
But every time Gore tried to respond, Inhofe cut him off - typical of those who are unwilling to listen. They are only concerned with their agendas and have no care about America or its future.
When the bulk of Gore's message is that we are in a "true planetary emergency" one would hope all Senators would ask more poignant questions besides ones dealing Gore's electric bill.
Cross-posted at BlueSunbelt
As a 25-year-long -- often frustrated --
Eager to augment their newfound majority status, Democrats are going into attack mode regarding U.S. House races in 2008, and they’ve set their sights high this time. One of their goals: nothing short of defeating the longest-serving House Republican, Representative C.W. Bill Young of
This from The Politico:
Young, 76, has won mostly landslide victories since his first House election in 1970. He hasn't faced a serious challenge since 1992, and he has won at least 66 percent of the vote since then, including running unopposed three times. Even in 2006, a huge year for Democrats nationally, Young still defeated his under-funded opponent by a 2-1 ratio.
But despite Young's success, his St. Petersburg-based district is about as competitive as Republican-held seats come. The district supported President Bush by only two points in 2004 and backed Al Gore by a two-point margin in 2000.
The DCCC believes that with the right candidate and enough funding, Young could be vulnerable. "He is one of our top targets," said DCCC spokeswoman Kyra Jennings.
The committee sent its regional operative to
Justice, Kriseman and Heller all picked up Republican-held seats in the state legislature last year. Their success bolsters state party officials’ confidence that the region is trending more and more Democratic. Party officials say any challenge to Young would be expensive though. The Tampa-St. Petersburg area recently surpassed
More from the article:
In targeting Young, Democrats are seizing on comments he made to the Washington Post indicating that he was aware of the conditions at
In response, the Florida Democratic Party launched a new feature on its Web site, hammering Young for being "more concerned about not embarrassing the Army than he was about the care of
Reportedly, Young was stunned by the criticism because of the substantial amount of time he and his wife spend visiting wounded soldiers at the medical center.
Young added that he had never visited the part of Walter Reed that has been the source of the latest controversy, and his past criticism of the medical center’s patient care dealt with problems in other parts of the facility.
In a response to Karen Thurman, a former Democratic House member, Young conveyed his “… great surprise that you have joined the personal smear campaign, especially since you know better.” He then dared Thurman to identify any member of the U.S. Congress who has done more for wounded soldiers and Marines than had he and his wife.
Recently, Young has been the subject of retirement rumors, fueled by his newfound minority status on the Appropriations Committee. But the Walter Reed scandal seems to have refueled Young’s desire to run for re-election.
This one will be a tough nut for the State party to crack. In my humble opinion, Charlie Justice is the only Democrat with a chance of beating Young.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
|Episcopal bishops reject ultimatum from Anglican leaders|
Episcopal bishops risked losing their place in the global Anglican family Wednesday by affirming their support for gays and rejecting a key demand that they give up some authority to theological conservatives outside the U.S. church.Read the rest here.
Wish I had time to write something about this, but I only just learned the news when Demetrius read me the headline on Yahoo, and I have to get to sleep soon. But I've pulled together a few links...
An Important Letter from The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson
Presiding Bishop's homily at House of Bishops' closing Eucharist
From Father Jake: House of Bishops to Primates: "NO!"
Integrity Applauds Bishops' Strong Stand Against Primates
Posted by Renee in Ohio at 8:35 PM
When I went to find the video of Al Gore's global warming testimony on You Tube, I noticed the video entitled "A terrifying message from Al Gore", which featured a cartoon Al Gore and Bender the robot from Futurama doing an ad for An Inconvenient Truth. And I remembered I'd transcribed that, complete with screen caps, a while back--for anyone who might not be able to view the video for whatever reason.
I've been working on a project involving 5th grade science today. One of the questions is about the sun, and, since I spent a fair amount of time reading statements like, "the sun is only a medium sized star", I had The Sun Song running through my head for much of the day
The sun is a mass of incandescent gas
The original version is by Lou Singer and Hy Zaret (1959), but I first heard it when They Might Be Giants sang it. You can hear it at about the 14 minutes mark of this concert which is available at NPR.
They Might Be Giants sang a couple other science-themed songs. Mammal is one that comes to mind.
What other fun science songs to you know of?
Posted by Renee in Ohio at 3:10 PM
cross-posted at skippy and a veritable cornucopia of other community blogs.
first step involved in deciding a quality score has the search engine obtaining information about a blog document. that information may be from:
[emphasis, and righteous indignation, ours.]
the article goes on, discussing other factors such as tagging of the post, position of the post on the page, etc. it's very interesting and written so non-techie schlubs like us can understand it.
the bottom line is, there is no way that markos, being the i t guy that he is, didn't take into consideration the effect his roll purge would have on search engine result placement for liberal blogtopia (y!wctp!) in general.
and this brings us back to our original point which we tried to make back in february when the the fiasco began. if markos, and to a lesser extent, duncan, had only dumped skippy’s humble site from their rolls, we would not be bringing the matter up over and over and over and over and over again.
we would have pouted, and swore to never mention their names again, and bought some dryer's slow churned cookies n' cream and complained to ourselves how little we get back in return for the literally minutes we spend, every day, copying and pasting other people's work from legitimate news organs and then making snarky remarks about it.
but what markos, and to a lesser extent, duncan, did was to injure liberal blogtopia (y!wctp!) as a whole in the arena of national media availability.
it was, among others, jon swift who pointed out that the conservative blogs are ironically quite liberal with their blogroll links. and, when google searching any number of stories, you may notice that more often than not there appears a higher number of conservative (vs. liberal) blogs in the search results.
now you know why. and now you know why we continue to make a fuss about the blogroll purge. it doesn't just hurt our feelings. it hurts liberal blogs' ability to be recognized in daily news searches. and techie markos would have had to have known this, if we can use the passive-aggressive voice.
we have, we are sure you are glad to hear, nothing left to say about this (tho we reserve the right to kvetch later on). we want to, however, announce the addition of liberal catnip to skippy's blogroll, in our continuing amnesty day program. remember, unlike some blogs, if you link to skippy, skippy will link to you!
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I was really amazed (not sure why I am ever shocked or amazed these days) to see Bush's presser on the White House response to the subpoenas Congress threatened to issue. His speech was full of starts and stops, "uhs" and "ummms" without end. Really, he looked either panicked or high and paranoid. Can't be sure without a drug test.
Like a petulant child, Bush whined about how this was a political witch hunt and moaned about how the Democrats need to stop the investigations. For what this jerk as done to America, it is of great pleasure to watch him squirm.
The CSPAN ratings should be through the roof today as House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers, Jr. promised to issues the subpoenas.
You can only work with what they give you.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
I am always amused at how sensitive some blacks-particularly black conservatives-get when you talk about the house negro field negro dichotomy among black folks. Black conservatives are always quick to lash out at the house negro moniker as if it's directed at them. They see it as a straw man and red herring set up to distract from the real issues confronting black America. Well, it's not. The moniker is one that was created by Malcolm X in one of his more famous speeches to make a point about certain blacks not giving their all to the movement because of their so called stake in America. That speech, is so inspiring, and so on point, that it is from where I find the inspiration- not to mention the name- for my blog. I use it, because I think it's still relevant for today's discourse in matters of race, as well as the black political movement in this country.