Friday, January 29, 2010

A Thing of Beauty: Obama Completely PWNS House GOP on LIVE TeeVee

This is one of the best political events I have ever seen.  President Obama is just too good for House Republicans and the GOP in general on substance.  He refuted every single one of their ridiculous talking points for an hour and a half straight on live television. 

It was so bad, Fox News cut AWAY from the video feed! 

Trust me you don't want to miss a minute of it!

Check it out below:

The Urban Beat - January 29, 2010


1.  Statement from alleged wiretapper James O'Keefe claiming that he's not a wiretapper.  Um...so what were you doing in Senator Mary Landrieu's office again?  Just hanging out? Hookay!

2.  President Obama set to meet with House Republicans later today and it's open to the media.  I hope he doesn't embarass them (or not).

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Bernanke Here To Stay!!!

Despite controversy surrounding his reign, lobbying efforts by the administration and criticism from wall street and some Democrats, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke was confirmed to a second term. Bernanke has been praised as helping to keep this country's economy from completely tanking at the end of 2008. He is credited with saving the country from reaching a second great depression and was also said to have been the first Fed Chairman, to help to make the Federal Reserve Bank more transparent and less of a mystery to the American Public.

Bernanke has been criticized though, for not using his powers to help create more jobs, which is indefinitely wiin his realm of control and for frankly, being appointed to his position originally by George W. Bush.

For some reason this man intrigues me. Probably because he controls an aspect of government that I have never been able to fully understand. He was a expert on the Great Depression and the events that caused the historical, economic disaster. Math and economics are not my strong point, but when I listen to this guy speak, or read interviews, I am intrigued when I here him break down his strategies and what he has done, despite not understanding most of what I am hearing/reading. Essentially what I know he was able to do, was adopt a method of aggressive action, due in part to the overall mantra of the Obama Administration and his sense of urgency regarding the dire state that this country was in.

I am interested in hearing how you guys feel about Bernanke being given a second term, despite criticism by Democrats and his slothfulness in job creation!

The Urban Beat - January 28, 2010


1. RIP Howard Zinn one of the most influential people in my life. Don't know who Howard Zinn is? Click here to find out about one of the most important historians in modern American history. He will be missed.

Entire audiobook of A People's History of the United States here (for free on youtube.com).

Get Off My TeeVee: Chris Matthews Edition


Tweety tries so hard to offer up nuanced and poignant analysis on race.  Excellent analysis by The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates on just what's totally all types of wrong with this comment here.
It's white people's responsibility to make themselves postracial, not the president's. Whatever my disagreements with him, the fact is that he is brilliant. That he is black and brilliant is pleasant but unsurprising to me. I've known very brilliant, very black people all my life. At some point that number of white people who still can't get their heads around our humanity will have to accept the truth: the president is black, even if you don't quite know what that means.
"I forgot he was black tonight for an hour." - Chris "Tweety" Matthews

 I guess he makes some good points at the end though.



Post racial analysis fail.

*BONUS CLIP AFTER THE JUMP*

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The State of the Union Address


Watch entire video of the State of the Union HERE!

Our take on the Address after the jump!

Tonight SHOULD go something like this...

Blackface MJ Tribute Offends Jazz Great Harry Connick Jr.

I'm with Harry on this one...This isn't really funny.

Black face is synonymous with the exploitation, buffoonery and oppression of Black people and should never be made light of, in this way, especially to poke fun at a deceased, legend like Michael Jackson.


The Urban Beat - January 27, 2010


1.  NBA Player Paul Shirley (who?) claims Haitians don't deserve any donations because they are poor and should have used condoms.  Or something incoherent see below:
Dear Haitians –
First of all, kudos on developing the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Your commitment to human rights, infrastructure, and birth control should be applauded.
As we prepare to assist you in this difficult time, a polite request: If it’s possible, could you not re-build your island home in the image of its predecessor? Could you not resort to the creation of flimsy shanty- and shack-towns? And could some of you maybe use a condom once in a while?
2.  Fox News is the most trusted name in news!  <----No, that's not a typo.  See the poll that says this here.

3.  Rep. Joe Wilson promises no "You Lie!" outbursts during tonight's State of the Union address.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Diddy Fail

So while infants were dying of thirst on my teevee all last week, Diddy was buying his 16 year old son a $350,000 car for his birthday.
I should mention that his son does not have a license and cannot drive.
I'm so glad Diddy found it in his heart to generously donate $10,000 to Haiti.  Hope he had enough left for the rent.
While Diddy was busy putting the red bow on the stupid car pictured here, the benefit Hope for Haiti, was immediately organized by George Clooney, and it raised $61 million dollars.  I may have had something to say about Wyclef initially when Yele's finances didn't look legit (although now they hired a new accounting firm so it's all good) but at least he was handling his business.
A few people are criticizing me for attacking Diddy for how he spends money he earned, and that's cool, but when you spend your money on this stupid crap while there are babies dying because they have broken bones and no water or food on my teevee, I will judge you. 
You clearly don't care what people think so carry on with this ignorant ish.  Just know that you can't take a car with you when you leave here.

Click here to donate your hard earned cash to the people of Haiti who need it desperately.


**Updated**I haven't decided yet whether this video plea by Diddy for all of us to donate to Haiti, made in the first few days of the crisis, makes me even angrier than I was before.  I hope he did make a donation or is planning to.  He isn't the type of celebrity to donate in "secret" either.  Diddy the people of Haiti need our prayers and all that, but they also could use $350 grand to get clean water for dying orphans.  Just sayin...


The Urban Beat - January 26, 2010



1.  Even Paul Krugman thinks this "spending freeze" idea is a bunch of bullcrap.

2.  Rachel Maddow takes on the Obama Administration's economist and calls him out for this stupid effing idea.




Monday, January 25, 2010

The Urban Beat - January 25, 2010



1.  Obama still not separating himself from the Bush Administration when it comes to Gitmo.  Also, did we murder 3 prisoners at Gitmo? Maybe.

2.  I don't like Tim Geithner at all.  I think he should be fired and we should start over with someone who actually will be tough on Wall Street.  Here he is talking about Ben Bernanke's confirmation and the possibility that the markets will respond negatively if he is not re-confirmed.

3.  When you hear people claim that the stimulus didn't help, send them this article!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Gut Check Time

As the President's State of the Union Address quickly approaches, Americans are taking a moment to reflect over the past year.  A year ago, you were considered "cool" if you supported Obama, now you're considered "cool" if you diss him. A brewing frustration with the state of our union has ushered in a new era of populist anger making it en vogue to hate Obama no matter who you are.  White people are upset at the amount of spending and with Obama's decisions on national security.  Black people are upset because there was an expectation that the first Black President would specifically place more focus on the Black community.  Democrats are upset because more troops have gone to Afghanistan, the Healthcare Bill has no public option and gays still have no equality in our military or our society at large.  Republicans are upset for more reasons than I have the space to enumerate in this blog but, let's face it, they're mostly upset because they're not in power anymore. And last but certainly not least, Independents are upset because after a year of trying out the new guy, they still have the perception that they are in the same situation they were in a year ago.  With this much raging opposition teeing up the State of the Union Address only one thing is certain:  It is gut check time for Barack Obama.

Hugo Chavez Blames The US For Haitian Disaster

Friday, January 22, 2010

The Urban Beat - January 22, 2010



1. I wish the Democrats were more like this! Hilarious but slightly NSFW.



2. Excellent interview with the FORMER nominee Errol Southers who withdrew his name from consideration to head up the TSA because Jim DeMint doesn't like unions!









Dean of Rutgers Law School on The Colbert Report

Dean John Farmer, the author of the new book The Ground Truth: Untold Story of America Under Attack on 9/11 sat down with Stephen Colbert to talk about our government failures leading up to the terrorist attack.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

May The Best Candidate (That Money Can Buy) Win!

The MSM often skips these kind of news stories but we figured you might wanna know about this one. The Supreme Court of the United States just ruled on the Hillary: The Movie case; it was the case where a conservative company back in 2008 (Citizens United) created a 90-minute documentary that it wanted to show on-demand attacking then-Senator Hillary Clinton just before the Democratic Primary. Today, the Court ruled in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. ____ (2010) that CORPORATIONS have a Constitutionally protected First Amendment right to Free Speech and are free to exercise that right by using their corporate bank accounts to buy as many campaign ads/videos/etc. as they want for (or against) political candidates. Now if that sounds a little odd to you then it's probably because it is. In a country where we can't even make up our mind as to whether human beings suspected of crimes are eligible to have Constitutional rights, it seems a bit disingenuous that we would freely apply Constitutional rights to a corporate entity that exists only on paper, completely devoid of any body, mind, soul, or mouth with which it could use to express its so-called "freedom of speech" rights.



Black Commentator Article

Check out my article about 70s black music and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. -
http://www.blackcommentator.com/359/359_patti_labelle_rr_hall_of_fame_bell_guest.php

The Urban Beat - January 21, 2010

1. Healthcare reform died today (I think).

2. Barack Obama is
taking on the banks and for real this time!



January 21, 2010: The Day Healthcare Reform Died (for now)

So I think it might be over. Nancy Pelosi just put out a statement saying,

"I don't see the votes for it at this time," Pelosi said. "The members have been very clear in our caucus about the fact that they didn't like it before it had the Nebraska provision and some of the other provisions that are unpalatable to them."

So that's that I guess. Hopefully, Obama can say something, anything to make me feel better during next Wednesday's State of the Union address.

Read the entire statement and start parsing carefully here.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Transition of A Warrior

Imari Obadele, the Father of the Reparations Movement, passed away on Monday. A great and humble servant warrior who I had the honor and privilege to have known and worked with. Here's the news report:

Imari Obadele "Father of Reparations" dies in Ga.

Associated Press - January 19, 2010 11:14 PM ET

ATLANTA (AP) - Imari Obadele, the former leader of the Republic of New Africa separatist group, has died. He was 79.

Obadele's daughters, Marilyn Obadele and Vivian Gafford, said Tuesday that their father died of massive stroke Monday in Atlanta.

Known as the "Father of Reparations," Obadele was a staunch supporter of Malcom X and eventually became President of the Republic of New Africa, which sought to establish its own nation in the South.

He was president when, in 1971, city police and FBI agents battled RNA members who were inside a fortified home in Jackson, Miss. One police officer was killed and two others were wounded in the shootout.

Obadele spent more than five years in prison for conspiracy but was not charged with murder.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

The Urban Beat - January 20, 2010


1. A lot of people asked why I said "Healthcare Reform IS the economy." That is explained very nicely in this
PBS Frontline Special: Ten Trillion and Counting on the deficit and how if healthcare is not reformed we go broke.

2.
Is healthcare reform doomed now that the Democrats only have 59 votes in the Senate? Some say yes. Some say no.

2b. What would Ted Kennedy tell the Democrats to do now?
Get it done.

2c. And stop playing the blame game for God sakes!



How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days

Let's go ahead and call it like it is: the Republicans didn't win last night - the Democrats LOST.  The special election race for the Massachusetts Senate seat was Martha Coakley's to lose, and lose it she did.  She didn't do her homework on Scott Brown, she didn't do her homework on the Red Sox, and most importantly, she didn't do her homework on the recent national mood that has been brewing lately.  Instead, she and the Democrats rested on their laurels attained at the end of the historic 2008 election.

Anybody who's even half-way been paying attention to the national mood lately could tell you that there's been a lot of tea bagger-ism and birther-ism and Cheney Terror Boogey Man-ism going on out there that has been chipping away at the Democratic agenda by planting seeds of fear and doubt into the American people.  People are feeling insecure and afraid about the economy and losing their jobs right now; the Republicans demonstrated last night they they are playing right into that.  Playing on the people's insecurities is what the Republican machine is good at.  It's what they do, folks.  How else do you think they got the most unpopular president in American history elected not only once, but twice?!  That takes talent.  That being said, if you're Martha Coakley and the Democrats, assuming you want to WIN, you have to (1) do your homework and (2) get passionate about the race.  Last night's Republican victory revealed the absence of either element among the Coakley camp.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Urban Beat - January 19



1. The #1 Story of the day - the Massachusetts Special Election for the U.S. Senate seat once held by the late Teddy Kennedy is up for Vote TODAY. (if you live in Mass, Get out and Vote!)

2. So we lost.

And that sucks. But at least we have The Daily Show to keep us sane in these troubling times where wimpy Democrats who were supposed to pass Healthcare Reform act like they don't have more votes in the Senate than Dubya had the entire 8 years!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Wyclef Jean Responds to Accusations Against Yele

You may have heard that The Smoking Gun looked into the tax records of Wyclef Jean's Foundation Yele and asked a lot of questions about their practices.

Wyclef responds here:


Friday, January 15, 2010

The Height of Scumbaggery!

Just when you thought this "man" (more like scared little ignorant boy) couldn't get any lower, he comes out and proves us all wrong.  As featured in the non-urban Politico:


Rush Limbaugh is not backing down from his claim that President Barack Obama is trying to score political points off the earthquake in Haiti.

Challenged by a caller during his show Thursday, Limbaugh said: “If I said it, I meant to say it, and I do believe that everything is political to this president.”

“Everything this president sees is a political opportunity, including Haiti, and he will use it to burnish his credentials with minorities in this country and around the world, and to accuse Republicans of having no compassion.”
Because I'm sure that "political opportunity" was the first thing Obama, Bush and Clinton all collectively thought about when they decided to send free aid to people who are dying. Right. As if that wasn't enough, Limbaugh went on to actually say that folks should NOT repeat should NOT give money to the tragedy in Haiti...if it's done through the government.   Non-government donations, according to Rush, are ok.

When a caller phoned him to challenge him on all of the above, he had the following response:
What I’m illustrating here is that you’re a blockhead. What I’m illustrating here is that you’re a closed-minded bigot who is ill-informed. I am being patient and tolerant and I’m trying to explain this to you, and you’re totally closed to it. I’m hitting you with piercing, penetrating logic, and it escapes you — and it is irritating people like you that I revel in. I absolutely revel in it. I’ve got 19 sound bites here today, April, of media people going bat manure yesterday over what they think I said. They didn’t hear me say it, either. They got it from the Huffington Post or they got it from Media Matters or they got it from someplace else. I did not say don’t donate. I did say Obama will use this to help burnish his credentials, ’cause there’s no question he will. I’ll tell you something else I said, April: It took him three days to go out and talk about the Christmas Day underwear bomber. It took him less than 18 hours to get out there and start rallying people about this earthquake. [...]
I love illustrating absurdity by being absurd. And if you had listened to this program for a modicum of time you would know it. But instead you’re a blockhead. You’re mind is totally closed. You have tampons in your ears. Nothing is getting through other than the biased crap that you read. So I’ve had enjoyment here talking to you and illustrating that it’s impossible to deal in the truth with you. I appreciate your calling and I appreciate your holding on. I grew up not far from Paducah. If I’d known you were there, I might have stayed.

I rest my case.

The Urban Beat - January 15, 2010

1. Call Pat Robertson's "700 Club" @ 1 (800) 759-0700 to give your opinion of his comments about Haiti. It costs them about $1 to pick up each 800 call. Cut & paste everywhere, a million calls costs them a million dollars. Pass on the number to others.

2. Jon Stewart takes on Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh....and Rachel Maddow?

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3. House and Senate very close to a deal on health reform.





4. Ted Kennedy's widow cuts an ad for Martha Coakley in MA Senate race which is now down to the wire.



4b. GOP candidate Scott Brown posed nude? Really? How is this guy even IN the race?

5. Great read: David Axelrod vs. Karl Rove

6. Great Clip About The Importance of Haiti Historically:

We all have an obligation to help the people of Haiti because they "taught our hemisphere what it means to be a freedom fighter and break the chains of slavery."



AMEN!

Philadelphia Burning

While we keep an ever watchful eye on the tragedy in Haiti, we would be remiss if we overlooked one particular event that admittedly brings a grin to our faces like the Cheshire Cat.  If you recall back during the summer in Philly, some kids in a summer program tried to go to a pool at an upper crusty well-to-do establishment known as The Valley Swim Club in northeast Philadelphia.
We blogged about it HERE and HERE.
What was most interesting about this story back then is that crap like this happens everyday in America, but this time somebody decided to drop a dime to the local media, and once they did the story blew up like Balloon Boy.  Before you knew it, even Fox News was reporting on it.  But as you and I know, the American attention span only lasts for about 72 hours.  After that, we move on from stories like these and the people who are effected usually don't receive any justice besides their 15 minutes of fame.
Well not this time.
The fine upstanding folks at The Valley Swim Club must have thought they were in the clear after the media news cycle died down, but they forgot that there's a new sherriff in town, and his name is Eric Holder.  Oh what, you thought he was going to let that sh!t slide?  Naw, son. He's going IN!  As one local news station reports:

The Justice Department is suing a suburban Philadelphia swim club alleging race bias after black and Hispanic day campers were barred from the club.
The lawsuit filed Wednesday charges that the Valley Club of Huntingdon Valley engaged in a pattern of racial discrimination.
Club officials have said race had nothing to do with the ouster of the mostly black and Hispanic children from Philadelphia last summer. They say there were too many children for the lifeguards on duty, and that many of the campers couldn't swim.
But the Justice Department says that racial hostility prompted club members to ban the children from the Creative Steps camp.

Our very own GodSon who serves as our inside man into Pennsylvania and Philly politics has informed us that from behind the scenes State Representative Ronald G Waters would not let this issue die, and stayed in Holder's ear about pressing charges against the pool, and Holder has certainly answered the call against these "cowards."

Before I close, I want to take a moment to connect the dots for some folks out there on an issue that's been kicked around the Black community as of late, and that is Obama's dedication to all things Black.  When one enters the arena of politics, in order to be successful one has to approach it like a game of Chess.  You see, in Chess, each piece has a special purpose that only that piece can provide.  A Chess master is somebody who knows the capacity of each piece, and knows how and when to put each of them into motion in order to achieve a greater objective - all the while thinking 3 or 4 steps ahead of his or her opponent.

The problem with the Black community (and with the general public at large) is that we tend to approach the political arena like it's a game of Checkers, where the only concern is for the 1 move immediately ahead of us that we can see at the time.  You see in Checkers, if a piece isn't constantly hopping around all the time then it's seen as a bad thing.  In Chess, it's called strategy.

So in other words, every time I hear Black folks say "Obama doesn't care about the Black Community" it lets me know 3 things:

1. They play too much damn Checkers!
2. They're looking at the Black King piece centered at the rear of the board and they're expecting it to hop around like a Black checker piece, which, when you think about it, would not only obviate the purpose of the other chess pieces, but would also look pretty damn silly.
3. While they're fixated on the Black King piece who appears to be immobile in the middle of the board, they have taken their eye off of the Black Knight who's already out there killing opponents with no mercy.

When it comes to the ONE government agency (the Dept. of Justice) that is responsible for administering social justice to the nation in situations like these that have the most impact on the Black community, do you think its some kind of accident that Obama picked a Black man to run it?

Every Chess piece has a purpose, folks.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Donate to Help Haiti Now! ***UPDATED INFO***

Donate online to any of the organizations listed below:
Americans for UNFPA (This group focuses specifically on women's reproductive issues)
CARE
Action Against Hunger

***Organizations donating CLOTHES are listed here.

If you would like more information about which charities to give to click here.


Donate by text message one of two ways (Disclaimer: There is a delay with text donations and the money may not get to the charity for up to 90 days depending on when you pay your cell phone bill):

- Secretary Clinton sets assistance program: Cell phone users can text "haiti" to 90999 and $10 goes to relief efforts in #Haiti.

- Text "yele" to 501501 & donate $5. Reply with word "YES" 4 confirmation.

Find out about family members in Haiti with this info:


The State Department has a number for Americans seeking info about family in Haiti: 1-888-407-4747
***For those in the New York metro area:
Uptown
* Iglesia San Romero de Las Americas: at 752 West 178th Street, Suite 1A
between Pinehurst and Fort Washington Avenues. All checks or money orders can be made payable to San Romero de Las Americas, please indicate in the memo "Ayuda Haiti."
Upper East Side
* Hunter College
68th Street and Lexington Avenue
Thomas Hunter Building
Room 305A
The Bronx:
* Green Workers Cooperative
461 Timpson Place
718-617-7807
Green Worker Cooperatives/ReBuilders Source is now collecting medical supplies to get to
Doctors Without Borders in Haiti for the relief effort.
Brooklyn:
* HAITIAN WOMEN FOR HAITIAN REFUGEES
EVENING DROP-OFF HOURS ARE MON. & WED. 6:30-8:30 P.M.
335 Maple Street, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY (this is not a mailing address) (718) 735-4660
Please use rear entrance on Lincoln Road between Nostrand and New York
Avenue. Enter through St. Francis Church parking lot
* FLANBWAYAN HAITIAN LITERACY PROJECT
DAYTIME DROP-OFF HOURS ARE MON. - FRI. 11:00-4:00 P.M.
774-3037 208 Parkside, 2nd floor, Brooklyn, NY 11226
Donations of canned goods or clothing are being collected for the Yele Foundation at: 
Coral Reef Restaurant & Bar 5314 Church Ave (on Church Ave b/w 53rd and 54th)
Brooklyn, NY 11203

- The Janitor
***

For those in the Philadelphia area please send donations to:

Haiti Rescue Fund
P.O. Box 12421
Philadelphia, PA 19151

Also the
Haitian Coalition
of Philadelphia will be meeting Friday at 7pm at Drexel University , Bossone Center Lobby: Market street between 31st and 32nd streets. All are welcomed to attend.

The office of State Representative Vanessa Lowery Brown, will also be working with FEMA to get donation items to Haiti. Please contact me if you have things that you would like to donate for more information.

List of live tweets from inside Haiti here.

The Urban Beat - January 14, 2010

1. The Red Cross estimates up to 50,000 people will have died in Haiti.

2. You should go out and read The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein and
watch here as she talks about disaster capitalism and how it relates to this current crisis.

3. Haiti news
live-blog.

4. Two NYU phd students, Nathalie Pierre and Greg Childs are still missing in Haiti. Their CNN ireports are
here and here.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Urban Beat - January 13, 2010

1. Live updates on Haiti here.

2. Don't pay attention to the GOP critics, President Obama's had an excellent first year.

3. Limbaugh: Obama will use Haiti to boost credibility with "light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country"

4. Pat Robertson is NOT a man of God.

Robertson's "true story": Haiti "swore a pact to the devil" to get "free from the French" and "ever since they have been cursed"

5. List of ways to help the people of Haiti
here.

6. Harold Ford is
NOT off to a good start in his bid for a New York Senate seat.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Get Off My TeeVee?

Did Stephen Colbert go too far?

Leads audience in Negro chant....Um....at a certain point we need to stop being offended...right?

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I say funny and Morgan Freeman being in on the joke is pretty amusing. Invictus!

The Urban Beat - January 12, 2010


1. What happens is Martha Coackley loses the special election in MA? Worst case scenario for health reform outlined here.

2. Professor Tricia Rose breaks the discussion of race and Harry Reid all the way down.



2b. Even more SANE and intelligent analysis here



3.
Obama's approval rating dips to a new low but Cheney fear mongering doesn't work.

4. You should be paying attention to the Proposition 8 Trial in California. Live-blog
here.

5. Conservatives make the case that
only Muslims can be terrorists, however, you'll be surprised to learn that there is much more abortion related terrorism than terrorist acts committed by Al Qaeda.

6. Elon James White takes on Negro-Gate!




7. You have been distracted by Negro-gate and should have been paying attention to this story! A huge Tim Geithner scandal is brewing...


Check back later for more updates!

Monday, January 11, 2010

DVR Alert: New HBO Series About NOLA By The Creators of The Wire

This is going to be great! Premieres April 11th!

Short trailer and description (Via TVSquad.com):

David Simon, creator of The Wire, is shifting his lens from the mean streets of Baltimore to post-Katrina New Orleans with Treme. The HBO series is set in a Crescent City neighborhood rich in Créole and African American history. Unlike The Wire, Treme will tighten its scope to focus on the musicians and working class people living among the city's ongoing reconstruction efforts.

The Wire was a dense and sprawling tale, unearthing corruption and secrets everywhere from grimy back alleys to city hall. Treme's reportedly smaller scope recalls Simon's first series, Homicide: Life on the Street. The pioneering NBC drama centered on the tough and streetwise detectives sweating away at a Baltimore police precinct. Simply put, the show was a masterpiece that offered a rich, compelling and sometimes avant-garde micro-study of overworked cops.

I don't expect Treme's scope to be as narrow as Homicide's, but I'm excited about Simon's return to a somewhat smaller and unique subject after the epic sweep of The Wire. I loved The Wire, but it's amazing what Simon can do when he's working with a smaller canvas.

The Urban Beat - January 11, 2010


1. Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich says he's
"blacker than Barack Obama."

2. Al Sharpton continues to come to Harry Reid's defense. Congressional Black Caucus also comes to his defense.

3. Is what Reid said true?
Should he have even apologized at all?

4.
Never before seen images of Gitmo have been released.

5. Congrats to Sarah Palin for being named
newest Fox News Contributor! Watch her very best Faux News moments here!

6. You should be paying attention to the "close" race in MA for Teddy's old Senate seat.

7. Clinton may NOT have said the quote about Barack getting he and Teddy coffee.

8. Did the Bush Administration commit more war crimes than starting an illegal war and torturing people?
Maybe.

9. Good Question: Why Do Only White People Discuss Race on TV?

10. Breaking News: Harry Reid Sees Black People

11. Professor Melissa Harris-Lacewell on Harry Reid Debacle. Here piece for The Nation on Reid here.

12. Maybe
I was wrong about Harold Ford, looks like he is going to run for NY Senate seat.

13. Suicide rate among young veterans rises
DRAMATICALLY

14. Smart people talk about Harry Reid and race.

Eugene Robinson on Reid

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My favorite Professor Melissa Harris-Lacewell on Reid

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15. Harry Reid comments for the first time on debacle.

Get Off My TeeVee II: Michael Eric Dyson Edition

"This President Runs from Race like a Black Man Runs from a Cop"





Runs away from race? Getthefugouttahere!

Get Off My TeeVee: Senator John Cornyn Edition

So talking about racism is worse than endorsing candidate who ran on a segregationist platform? Really?

Get off my teevee!





Idiot.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

60 Minutes: Sarah Palin is Dumb and Thank God She Is On A Book Tour

As The Janitor tweeted earlier, we really dodged a bullet America.

Check out interview with Steve Schmidt and the authors of the new book Game Change.


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If Harry Reid Were A Republican...

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water - America's Race Issue part III!!!

We're only 2 weeks into 2010 and already the issue of race has once again reared its ugly head.

The Democrats' top Senator, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, was quoted during a private conversation in a soon-to-be-released book entitled "Game Change" about the 2008 election, where he said that then-candidate Obama could be a successful candidate for President because he is a "light skinned" African-American and because he speaks with "no Negro dialect, unless he want[s] to have one."

Seriously, Reid?

In standard political fashion, Reid issued the following satement: "I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words. I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African-Americans for my improper comments."

And in similar political fashion, Obama accepted the apology: "I accepted Harry's apology without question because I've known him for years, I've seen the passionate leadership he's shown on issues of social justice and I know what's in his heart. As far as I am concerned, the book is closed."

But Republicans and conservatives are arguing that if Reid had been one of them, this issue would not have been so easily swept under the rug. Today on Meet The Press, RNC Chair Michael Steele raised the issue that if Harry Reid had been a Republican and had said the exact same thing, Democrats would be up in arms and calling for Reid's resignation - the implication being that Democrats are operating under a double-standard when it comes to race whereby they spare fellow Democrats for racially insensitive comments but persecute Republicans for doing the same thing.

So how about it? Would the result be any different if a Republican had said the exact same thing that Reid said?