Mission Impossible?

Ken Mhelman stepped down as RNC chairman recently, and the buzz around Washington is that the Republicans will offer the job to Michael Steel. That is, of course, if he doesn't take a job in the Bush cabinet as housing Secretary. Anyway, this is a move, I am sure, on the part of republicans to once again court the black vote. I mean they must look at election results time and time again, see that once again, they only got about 9% of the black vote, and pull whatever hair they have left, out. I can hear them in the back rooms now: "I know that guy Steele ran a pretty good race, and he is funny, upbeat, and telegenic. He is just the type of guy we need to reach out to the blacks" Now, they might or might not be right, and if he does takes the job, Mr. Steele just might be terrific at it.

But I have a few words of advise for Michael before he becomes the new black face of the republican party. -Sorry Condi- Your party has been despised by black folks all these years for a reason. Us black folks have this sixth sense about us, we can sense and see things that other people can't. And it has always proven to be an invaluable tool when it comes to telling us who our friends really are. Our sixth sense always tells us that your Republicans friends aren't our friend, and we aren't really welcome in your tent. Oh, you will tell us we are welcome, but somehow our sixth sense always says otherwise.

This is why no matter how much republicans try to reach out to us, it never works. Oh, we will politely tell them that we will consider voting for the republican candidate , but we never do. We will let you them our homes, and our space to tell us their position, but we ain't voting for them no matter what- At least 90% of us aren't. So Michael, this is what you will have to overcome, that sixth sense of ours that never seems to let us down.

Now, please don't get it twisted, it's not just the sixth sense. There are legitimate noticeable reasons for black folks turning against the republican party: Remember Ronald Reagan in Philadelphia, Mississippi, back in 1980, giving that infamous speech supporting states rights? Remember Nixon's 1968 "Southern Strategy? Remember Barry Goldwater opposing The Civil Rights Act of 1964? Remember Herbert Hoover? Remember republican strategist Lee Atwater's statement? "you start out in 1954 by saying Nigger,nigger, nigger, By 1968 you can't say nigger without it backfiring, so you say stuff like forced busing,states rights, and all that stuff" Mmmmmm, all that stuff huh Lee? Stuff like Willie Horton, "Harold call me", a black hand taking away a job from a white hand for Jessie Helms? But this is what you will be trying to overcome Michael, and the field is just trying to help you out. Hey, when your predecessor, Ken Mhelman, tried to apologize for the republican southern strategy, two of your biggest mouth pieces, Rush Limpboy, and Sean Hannety, denounced him.

So it's all uphill for you if you take this job Michael, and I don't know if you will be able to pull it off. You see how many black folks voted against you for the white democratic candidate in your own race don't you? This, even though you ran as far away from the frat boy as possible. That ought to tell you something: Party affiliation to the democratic party trumps even race with most black folks. So you just might want to think about that before you take the job.

Now don't get me wrong, I would love to see more black folks embracing the republican party. I, for one, do not believe that we should be monolithic in our voting. I would never want one party to take us for granted, as the democrats have done from time to time. Hey, Rosa Parks herself begged J.C. Watts to stay in Congress and represent the republican party. But hey, if it's not there it's not there. There is too much of a history here between us black folks and the party of Lincoln. Too much mistrust, too much ass given to kiss, too much David Dukes, Trent Lotts, and macaca men. And yes the Democratic Senator Robert Byrd was a former Klansman, and he did try to stymie the passing of crucial civil rights legislation in the sixties with a filibuster. But somehow black folks forgive him-it's that sixth sense again- and not Trent Lott. We never seem to forget the sh*& republicans do, but we give the dems a pass. Remember Clinton and Sistah Souljah? Of course you do; democrats can use us and get away with it, but republicans can't. Hey these old wounds were deep, and it will take a long time to heal. "Well there goes the South" I know LBJ, and it ain't been back ever since.

So good luck Mike, I really do hope you can make an impact among black folks. At least that sixth sense doesn't go off when we are around you. We really do feel like you are one of us, and that's a huge start.

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October 17

Chimpy is supposed to sign HR 6166 tomorrow, and yes I do believe there is a Satanic reference there.  More metaphysical happenings will occur tomorrow also.  The deal is people are supposed to meditate on thoughts which would bring about a better word.  Ya, but I guess it works the other way too.  Bummer.  He's not incompetent, just evil.

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Why Gay Marriage Matters - One Friend's Nightmare

This is as much a plea for help as a case in favor of gay marriage.  It's long but I urge you to read it through.

I have a friend from Mexico city who I have known for years online.  He's gay, into computers, creative, very intelligent, hard working, well educated, and speaks more fluent English than a great many Americans including the current occupier of the White House.  He met someone online about a year and a half ago who he got to know fairly well and ended up falling in love with.  Here's the email he typed up for his dad to pass on to some lawyers the family knows:

1) As of November 2005 I had begun visiting Jacksonville, Florida on what could be considered a constant basis. My first trip there was merely to visit a dear friend whom I had met on the internet about a year and a half to two years before. This trip lasted approximately three days total.

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When Did Conservative Begin to Mean "No Access" for Person's with Disabilities?

I find it particularly disturbing that access and the laws and regulations that define barrier removal have become political fodder for partisan politics.  Disability has no partisanship - the ADA was bi-partisan to the nth degree.  
So just when did conservative politicos decide that access laws are evil representations of government gone bad?

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is the most sweeping civil rights law this country has had the good sense to promulgate.  This law recognizes that every American has the right to access community living in every way - and challenges the design parameters of the built environment as insufficient to serve every American.  

There are Federal tax credits and tax deductions to ease the burden on small enterprises.  Yet 80 - 90 percent of the businesses in our local communities remain unmodified and inaccessible.

On December 3, 2006, 6000 days will have passed since the passage of the ADA - just one dollar a day could have bought so much access!

End Disability Discrimination in 2006!  Contact your local Independent Living Center or DB-TAC, or visit the DOJ ADA web pages for barrier removal guidance.

Thanks for listening,
Lee

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Access Redux

So up in Eureka, they finally figured out that access just isn’t happening - so they are asking business owners to join in a round table to figure out why.  Might I suggest that if they just surveyed those businesses and required them to remove the barriers to access- there just might be no problem to roundtable?  

And up in the Mohawk Valley of California’s great northern outback, the League of Women’s Voters told the local access advocates to find an ADA compliant -oh yeah, and free, meeting place for the local candidates forum.  I guess if the local crips don’t have a community building in their back pockets -too bad, stay home.  Might I suggest that they all meet in a local parking lot that is barrier free so that all the good citizens of Mohawk Valley can hear the candidates speak.  

Thirty years plus of state codes and sixteen years of federal regulations under the Americans with disabilities Act…..How many more generations will be lost to exclusion and segregation?

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What Happened to Access?
by Lee,
Tue Aug 01, 2006 at 09:39:29 PM PDT

So I was recently told that the rest of the state's aren't NEAR as accessible as California! Well - if that is true - then just what pig in a poke did we buy with the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act back in 1990? Cause I got to tell you - somewhere around 80 to 90 percent of the businesses, government offices and other public accommodations range from way out of compliance to the law to just plain inaccessible or unusable!
Advocates nationwide breathed a sigh back in the nineties - job done -go home and start enjoying all that access!
But yah see, that little thing called civil lawsuit gave the whole affair a black eye. Unfortunately - these laws were designed to be adjudicated in civil lawsuits. And now sixteen years later -

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