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Careful, Thoughtful Criticism

Sometimes I get so frustrated with national progressive voices. I know that sometimes criticism of conservatives is valid and necessary. Other times, I think that progressive go out of their way to point out the hypocrisy and sometimes idiocy of conservatives. Personally I think we need to damp down a lot of this criticism and instead focus on what it is that we are trying to do as progressives. We’re trying to move the country forward. We are trying to help the average American and improve his/her standard of living.

Melissa Harris Perry, a personal friend, was forced to apologize for a segment that simply got out of control. Something about criticism of Governor Mitt Romney’s adopted grandson. His adopted grandson is Black.


From MHP:

On Sunday’s program, we showed a photo of Governor Romney holding his adopted grandson, who is African-American.

The intent of featuring the photo was to celebrate it— I often speak to the issue of the increasingly diverse American family.

Whatever the intent, the segment proceeded in an unexpected way that was offensive. Without reservation or qualification, I apologize to the Romney family and to all families built on loving transracial adoptions.

As a progressive, I’m disappointed in my friend. Mistakes happen. I’m very proud to see that she stood up and admitted the mistake, without reservation and without deflecting blame to others.

By |2014-01-06T22:08:40-04:00January 5th, 2014|Party Politics|Comments Off on Careful, Thoughtful Criticism

Friday Morning News Roundup

The San Antonio Spurs got a spanking last night from the Oklahoma City Thunder. It was the exact opposite of what happened two days ago. Who would’ve thought?

Mitt Romney had the nerve, the temerity, the gumption to take several reporters out of the closed Solyndra plant so that he could basically lie. Solyndra, in case you’ve forgotten, is the solar company that received millions of dollars from the US government. Solyndra subsequently went belly-up. Republicans have been investigating Solyndra ever since to try to find evidence of malfeasance and wrongdoing. They have found none. Yet, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney stated that an independent Inspector General found that the Obama administration shunted money to his friends and campaign donors. This is a lie. There was no Inspector General. There’s been no official finding of wrongdoing. None. This in spite of Republicans searching for the smoking gun for over a year. Why would Romney lie?

Finally, the jobs report is out. Unemployment rate is 8.2%. It should be no surprise to anyone that the economy did little or nothing in the month of May. 69,000 jobs. We have to do better.

By |2013-11-03T17:15:16-04:00June 1st, 2012|Economy, Party Politics, Sports|Comments Off on Friday Morning News Roundup

Inside voice – Outside voice

We all have thought bubbles. As were talking to people while interacting with them there are things that run through our minds that, thankfully, we filter. For some of us, that filter simply doesn’t work that well. Some things should never be said out loud. The fact that conservatives continue to wonder about shooting our president… It just makes me sick. Never during the eight-year debacle of George W. Bush did I ever wish for anybody to shoot him. Yes, I wanted him out of office. I wanted him voted out of office. There’s a big difference.

From TPM:

In an interview featured Wednesday night on Fox Business, retired hedge fund manager Foster Friess, the largest donor to super PACs that had formerly supported ex-Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) for president, made a distasteful comment about guns being aimed at President Barack Obama.

“There are a lot of things that haven’t been hammered at because Rick and Mitt have been going at each other,” Friess said, according to The Los Angeles Times. “Now that they have trained their barrels on President Obama, I hope his teleprompters are bullet-proof.”

The paper said that he immediately back-tracked on that remark, and later told ABC News that he regretted the statement.

While most Fox Business feature interviews are published to the channel’s website shortly after they’re aired, video of Friess’s comments was nowhere to be found more than 18 hours later, even as fresh clips appeared online from the Fox Business Thursday morning shows.

Friess, who’s spent almost $2 million supporting his favored candidate this election season, said in the wake of Santorum’s concession this week that he would begin supporting former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) instead.

What is remarkable is the fact that this man has spent $2 million and, truthfully, that number simply doesn’t phase me. We’ve seen so much money in this campaign already that $2 million is chump change. Newt Gingrich’s billionaire has spent close to $15 million. Now, that’s real money. This is all craziness.

By |2013-11-03T17:13:13-04:00April 12th, 2012|Party Politics|Comments Off on Inside voice – Outside voice
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