Rev. Wright, history and Rev. Hagee

I was watching The News Hour yesterday, and they had a panel of people discussing the political races and religion. There was one panelist who kept insisting that Obama would never get past the so called “Jeremiah Wright controversy,” because of Wright’s “crazy paranoia” about the government planting AIDS in the black community. I couldn’t believe he was so totally unaware of history and of the infamous Tuskegee experiments.

Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male
The Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male[1] also known as the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, Pelkola Syphilis Study, Public Health Service Syphilis Study or the Tuskegee Experiments was a clinical study, conducted between 1932 and 1972 in Tuskegee, Alabama, in which 399 plus 201 control group without syphilis poor — and mostly illiterate — African American sharecroppers were denied treatment for syphilis.

This study became notorious because it was conducted without due care to its subjects, and led to major changes in how patients are protected in clinical studies.

My emphasis added. 1972. That wasn’t all that long ago.

PBS has the MP3 on their site of the segment or you can try to listen here.

That same panelist also seemed to indicate (I’m sorry, I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing), that if John McCain had a controversial minister supporting him, he would be criticized terribly. uh… Feb. 29th 2008, from CBS evening news:

(CBS) Today, it was Republican frontrunner John McCain‘s turn to answer mounting questions about one of his supporters, Rev. John Hagee, a San Antonio pastor with a worldwide broadcast ministry, reports CBS News senior political correspondent Jeff Greenfield.

Hagee has offered some highly provocative views on a variety of subjects.

For instance, he linked Hurricane Katrina to the gay rights movement: ” … All of the city was punished because of the sin that happened there in that city.”

He has also denounced the Roman Catholic Church as “the great whore of Babylon” and “a cult.” He blames it for the Holocaust and predicts its imminent demise.

“This is the apostate church,” Hagee said. ” … this false religious system is going to be totally devoured by the anti-Christ.”

It would seem to me that sometime during the great Jeremiah Wright issue, that there would be some reference made about Rev. Hagee, but the last I remember it is from that day. McCain’s response: “I don’t have to agree with everyone who endorses my candidacy,” he said. “They are supporting my candidacy. I am not endorsing some of their positions.”

Hey,… sounds good to me.

what of the issues?

I was wandering through some of the political postings and gettingFredrick Douglas routinely disappointed with what I was seeing posted in the right wing blogs (and occasionally a pro-Clinton blog) when I came across Staycspits Weblog. She not only has the complete sermon by Reverend Jeremiah Wright via YouTube (as opposed to the snippets seen on Full Of eXcrement), she also has a link to Fredrick Douglass’ 1852 speech “What to the Slave is the 4th July?” Very interesting. She then ends the posting with this sentiment that I so strongly identify with:

I am disappointed that our political discourse on patriotism has boiled down to whether or not Obama wears a flag pin. The mere action of running for president aside from service in the Armed Forces is the most patriotic action one could participate in.

Can we speak on education, healthcare, home foreclosures, and the 4,000 dead American men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, please.

You can find the entire posting here.

Blair to teach religion???

I read this on the BBC News site.

Tony Blair

Tony Blair is to teach students at Yale University in the US when he leads a seminar on faith and globalisation.
The former prime minister has been appointed as a fellow at Yale and will begin teaching next year.
The prestigious Connecticut university said the work was related to Mr Blair’s Faith Foundation which will be launched later this year.

What does this mean??!

testing post dating

This is a test to see if I can put a date on a blog to be posted at a time after I actually post.

It is now 9:19pm. I’m dating the post as today at 9:30pm.

Okay, I’ve just added this text. I want it to update the post at 9:45pm.

Very cool.  It actually removed the post until the above time rolled around.

be careful what you wish for

I went through some old posts on another of my blogs and found this quote:

Let’s see…the situation in Iraq is deteriorating, tens of millions of Americans are uninsured, the public education system is a disgrace and Congress is debating…flag burning? It’s good to see their priorities are in order. I know that if I’m a guy with a son in Iraq, helping out a parent who worked for a company where the pension fund went south, and whose daughter can’t get a decent education, flag burning it what I think about when I wake up each day, and I’m glad Congress shares my priorities. But what I really want to know, if I’m that guy, is when our elected represenatives are going to have more hearings on steroid abuse in professional baseball.

It’s from Seth Greenland’s post on Huffington Post on June 22, 2005.

senator HRC

Hillary Clinton

There appears to be some backlash on Senator Clinton for her response on 60 Minutes last night about whether she believes that Senator Obama is a Muslim.

As a seasoned politician she plants seeds of doubt with key phrases such as, “I take him on the basis of what he says,” and “As far as I know.” The thing is, that it’s not even subtle.

Another gaff for the Clinton campaign. She’s making people more and more angry at her, because she looks even more and more like the kind of politician that the country is tired of.