Obama Waffles and Other Tasteless Politics

Racism is alive and ill in the presidential election

What's race got to do with it, the presidential election? This enlightening essay titled White Privilege, White Entitlement says it all.

In his contrast of the perceptions of every controversy that's swirled around Barack Obama versus those around Sarah Palin, writer Tim Wise presents a compelling examination of racial double standards. Or better still, racial double think.

Here's a shocking sample of Wise's keen insights:

White privilege is when you can call yourself a "fuckin’ redneck," like Bristol Palin’s boyfriend does, and talk about how if anyone messes with you, you'll "kick their fuckin' ass," and talk about how you like to "shoot shit" for fun, and still be viewed as a responsible, all-American boy (and a great son-in-law to be) rather than a thug.

White privilege is when you can attend four different colleges in six years like Sarah Palin did (one of which you basically failed out of, then returned to after making up some coursework at a community college), and no one questions your intelligence or commitment to achievement. Whereas a person of color who did this would be viewed as unfit for college, and probably someone who only got in in the first place because of affirmative action...
Still not convinced that race matters (most?) in this presidential election? Well, perhaps you're hungry for more evidence. Get a taste of the Obama Waffles that are selling like hot cakes. The makers of this offensive play on the old Aunt Jemima pancakes has the audacity to boast this: "Our first product–Obama Waffles–is proudly made in the U.S.A."

Obama Waffles I sure wish they didn't claim bragging rights for having manufactured this in the U.S. For more insight into this ill-conceived product and the Republican "family values" groups that helped promote it, check this AP story.

To be fair and balanced, Fox-ish radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has published his sly views of how the Obama campaign itself is guilty of stoking the flames of racism.

In an opinion piece Limbaugh recent wrote for the Wall Street Journal, Limbaugh lambasts Obama for a "racist" ad targeting Hispanic voters. The Obama includes a sound bite from Rush Limbaugh's own mouth.

Crying foul, Limbaugh wrote this:

Here's the relevant part of the Spanish-language television commercial Mr. Obama is running in Hispanic communities: "They want us to forget the insults we've put up with . . . the intolerance. . . they made us feel marginalized in this country we love so much."

Then the commercial flashes two quotes from me (saying): ". . . stupid and unskilled Mexicans" and "You shut your mouth or you get out!"

Mr. Limbaugh doesn't deny making this inflammatory statement. He just takes issue with his quote allegedly being taken out of context. Of course, when Limbaugh's piece explains exactly what he said on-air about "stupid and unskilled Mexicans," it was far worse than the ad Obama conveyed.

I ask you, who's "waffling" now?

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Sarah Palin Photos - Madame Veep Bringing Sexy Back

Condoleeza Rice may have been the hottest Republican woman... until now

Aspiring Madame Vice President Sarah Palin bringing sexy back
News Flash: And we naively thought none of the Republican women could out "hot" Condoleeza Rice wearing those killer dominatrix boots. But we didn't know of sexy Sarah Palin, shown here in death-defying stiletto heels, short black leather mini skirt, and a revealing silk blouse unbuttoned down to there. Blue blouse, blue states, and a woman to be watched by a newly blue Cindy McCain.

Bristol Palin, daughter of aspiring vice president Sarah Palin, is dressed to kill It doesn't appear that Sarah Palin's daughter, Bristol, has taken fashion cues from her vice hot mommie, though. Bristol isn't dressed for love, just war. Here, she just doesn't seem to be the same demure mother-to-be seen at the Republican Convention.

According to Wired:

Sarah Palin looks hot in this bikini. But toting such a big gun, it's a good thing she's smilingOf course, since relatively few of the electorate knew who Sarah Palin was before last Friday, it makes sense that the top search term for Palin was simply the vice presidential candidate's name. But ... other popular searches for Sarah Palin are with keywords: "hot photos," "Sarah Palin Bikini Photos," "Sarah Palin Nude," and "Sarah Palin Naked."

It's a good thing that women now have the right to vote. Otherwise, men would vote Sarah Palin, star of the "hot photo," right into the Oval Office - stilettos and all... just in time to engineer more of the lucrative oil partnership deals she's known to strike, which according to the New York Times, are cleverly disguised as oil company tax increases.


-- Palin's Record on Race a Blank Sheet (San Franciso Chronicle)

-- Who Is Sarah Palin (Squidoo)

-- Sarah Palin Picture Gallery (Pop Crunch)

-- Holy Limbaugh - Rush Turns to Mush Over Sarah Palin (L.A. Times)

-- Palin's Lawyer Questions 2 Witnesses (Yahoo! News)

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