Freedom in Iraq American Style

UPDATE: Seven U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq Attacks while insurgents systematically target the infrastructure.

Hat Tip The Republic of T. for providing a link to this video (link below) regarding Bush policy decisions that have caused this type of terror and the many death squads in Iraq. I guess this could be one of the reasons Republicans are in a funk. But, maybe not, most Republicans tend to be as stupid as their leader.

You won't see this type of report on FOX, and the Congressional Black Fox Caucus does not have the collective character to bring this to the attention of the American people. No they are too busy planning presidential debates with the collective enemy of African Americans.

What's so interesting before the war the CIA warned of negative outcomes.

Read more at:

http://africanamericanpoliticalpundit.co m/?p=847

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Billy Graham and black folks

WaPo reports three former U.S. presidents came together Thursday to praise evangelist Billy Graham and help dedicate a library in his honor, a $27 million complex that traces the preacher's rise from farm boy to the most widely heard minister in the world.

My grandmother liked Billy Graham. I never understood why. I just learned today reading an article in WaPo that both former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton recalled how Graham helped bring blacks and whites together in the South through his insistence that his crusades be racially integrated. Maybe that's why my grandmother liked him.

Or may she knew that in 1957 Billy Graham's New York City crusade ran for 16 weeks at Madison Square Garden. Where he recruited his first black associate, Cleveland pastor Howard Jones. He received a letter from civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. congratulating him on his efforts to end segregation.

My Grandmother has passed many years ago, Billy Graham is now 88. I have a new found respect for Billy Graham. It's to bad I found this new found respect so late in life. But its never to late  to have more respect for our fellow man.

His wife, Ruth, who is 86 is bedridden at their home with osteoarthritis. Graham has preached in person to more than 210 million people in a career spanning six decades. More HERE

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American Terrorism

American Terrorism

While the Bush Administration is so concerned about Terrorist from abroad it's forgetting about people who would create terror here on American soil. ABC News is reporting about a Bomb Plot that was thwarted at get this Falwell's Funeral.

Virginia authorities arrested Liberty University student Mark D. Uhl after officials discovered several homemade bombs in the trunk of his car. (AP Photo/Hand Out)The student, 19-year-old Mark D. Uhl of Amissville, Va., reportedly told authorities that he was making the bombs to stop protesters from disrupting the funeral service. The devices were made of a combination of gasoline and detergent, a law enforcement official told ABC News' Pierre Thomas. They were "slow burn," according to the official, and would not have been very destructive.

"There were indications that there were others involved in the manufacturing of these devices and we are still investigating these individuals with the assistance of ATF [Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms], Virginia State Police and FBI. At this time it is not believed that these devices were going to be used to interrupt the funeral services at Liberty University," the Campbell County Sheriff's Office said in a release.

Three other suspects are being sought, one of whom is a soldier from Fort Benning, Ga., and another is a high school student. No information was available on the third suspect.

Authorities were alerted to the potential bomb plot after relative of Uhl called to say that he had homemade bombs in his possession. Officials searched Uhl's car where they found five incendiary devices in the trunk.

Uhl is currently being held under no bond at the Campbell County Adult Detention Center. More HERE

Hopefully at some point the AfroSpear can set up a WatchDog group to compare and report on what type of sentence Uhl receives - versus African Americans who are charged with lesser crimes.

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Blacks and Iraq

Jill at Jack and Jill politics recently posted another one of her challenging post.

Yes, I said challenging post, because she challenges all of us.

This challenge is about America's war on Iraq and the lack of conversation on black blogs about the disguised hypocrisy of America on this critical issue. Jill recently wrote that she is frustrated like most African Americans on the continuing failure to set a timetable on Iraq. She feels that members of Congress and the political blogs are ignoring African-Americans, in part I think because we have not blogged as much about Iraq as other issues.

I agree we Jill. Black bloggers should get more vocal about the war. We need to do what Malcolm and Martin taught us, become more international in our conversation. We need to comment of the Iraq war as they did about the War in Vietnam and the war against our people. I just finished taking another look at my blog(s). At African American Opinion we have posted on issue of the war many times see below:

   * War (41)
    * War and Peace (30)
    * War on Iraq (15)

I'm reminded of what Martin Luther King said during his Christmas Sermon back in December of 1967, which reminds me of 2007, just change the name President Johnson to Bush, Just change the country North Vietnam to Iraq:

"And the leaders of the world today talk eloquently about peace. Every time we drop our bombs in North Vietnam, President Johnson talks eloquently about peace. What is the problem? They are talking about peace as a distant goal, as an end we seek, but one day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means. All of this is saying that, in the final analysis, means and ends must cohere because the end is preexistent in the means, and ultimately destructive means cannot bring about constructive ends."

--Martin Luther King, Jr., "A CHRISTMAS SERMON" 24 December 1967

Read more of Jill's thoughts below:

African-Americans on the Iraq War -- The Military and Electoral Impact

What's interesting is that you don't see a lot of discussion about the Iraq War among black bloggers. That's because we all agree on it and solutions seem obvious. If other bloggers are like me, I am just so sick of talking about it. The difference among black folks is that we were largely against the war before it started and have quietly been protesting it ever since.

Most African-Americans can point to someone they know personally who has been impacted in some way -- negatively -- by this war. Could be a neighbor, relative, classmate, co-worker, relative of a relative. You nah mean. Me -- I've had 2 cousins go over to Iraq. And my cousin's half-sister's husband. This colors our view of those who believe in a wait-and-see or worse yet, a "surge" approach.

Discussions in the black community tend to focus on Osama bin Laden -- isn't he still at large? -- and on the Money -- it sure seems like a lot of money is being spent over there in Iraq. How is it that none of that money was seen fit to spend on helping the victims of Katrina or re-building New Orleans? Or on better healthcare, education, poverty, our cities, the environment for folks living right here in the United States?

Still it's critical to talk about it because Democratic candidates looking for black votes will need to speak to us on those terms to be heard. And it also impacts the current national security. Quietly, the military has been dependent for generations on regular enlistment by young black soldiers. Why do you think that the educational and career opportunities are always touted. That's been the lure for young men and women eager to join (or stay in) the middle class.

Read More on her post Here:
http://jackandjillpolitics.blogspot.com/ 2007/05/african-americans-on-iraq-war-mi litary.html

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Black Political Bloggers and Political Advertising

Will Black Bloggers be part of the presidential and congressional advertising mix in 2008?

Money's Going to Talk in 2008 - washingtonpost.com

AAPPundit says: 4 years ago I read a Washington Post article which talked about bloggers and a particular political campaign in Kentucky and how during a special election campaign for the House, a Kentucky Democrat spent $2,000 on ads on 11 blogs.

The article went on to point out; it was, at the time, a novel idea. Howard Dean, and later most of his Democratic presidential rivals, had developed campaign blogs, or Web logs -- essentially, online journals of their comings and goings. But few, if any, candidates had tried advertising on other people's blogs.

Chandler's campaign picked 11 sites that focused on politics, each of which featured a running commentary on the news of the day. The sites, conventional wisdom said, amounted to little more than obscure soapboxes for amateur pundits -- hardly a good place for candidates to spend scarce campaign dollars. Chandler's campaign manager, Mark Nickolas, had proposed the idea. But he was so unsure it would work, he later said, that he planned to personally reimburse the campaign if it was a bust.

It was not. The candidate recouped his money in online donations the first day of the campaign -- and went on to raise more than $80,000 over the next two weeks. The money came, mostly in small donations -- about 1,700 in all. Few of them, Nickolas said, came from within the Bluegrass State. Chandler quickly plowed the windfall back into more traditional advertising -- television, radio and newspaper spots -- and finished the race on top and with money left in the bank.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of such blogs, each offering its own, usually partisan, take on the nation's politics. But a handful have attracted somewhat sizable followings. On the left, there is, for example, DailyKos.com, TalkingPointsMemo.com and Atrios.blogspot.com. On the right, there are, among others, InstaPundit.com, RightWingNews.com and LittleGreenFootballs.com/weblog/.

AAPPundit: Note no Black political Bloggers listed.

Fast forward March 2007

AAPundit wonders if Black Political blog sites may be the new "ripe fruit" for political advertising. Black Political bloggers now reach hundreds of thousands of black folks who are clearly interested in politics, and whose political leanings can also be readily surmised. "This is a new campfire to gather around."

Now in 2007, there are dozens of such black political bloggers, each offering its own African American observation, and equally partisan, take on the nation's politics. A number of black political bloggers have attracted a somewhat sizable followings. As the 2008 campaign ramps up, more black voters will be reading these black bloggers views and opinions. There are Progressive and somewhat left leaning black political bloggers such Jack and Jill Politics, Afro-Netizen,Black Commentator, Black Agenda Report Blog, Black Races, BlackProf, BrownFemiPower, black electorate, Field Negro, keithboykin.com, Mirror on America, Negro Please, NegroPhile, Oliver Willis, Prometheus 6, Republic of T, Skeptical Brotha,Steve Gilliard's News Blog,Terrence Says,Where Is The Outrage?,Francis Holland, African-American Political Pundit, and don't forget the Angry Indian - Voice of a Native Son, (check out his blog) who is a brotha too. Provide something that the white group Netroots don't seem to connect with; black bloggers, black readers and black voters.

On the Black Moderate side there is Anderson@Large, BlackProgress.net - D.C.,Dell Gines, Booker Rising, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Cobb, Reid Report, Michael Fauntroy and Politopics, on the right of moderate there are Black Conservative bloggers :-( , Baldilocks - Los Angeles, Black America's Political Action Committee - D.C., Black And Right, BlackConservative.net, Black Informant, Joseph C. Phillips, Project 21 - D.C.

AAPPundit says: One can reasonably expect Republican Congressional and Republican presidential candidates to buy for advertising space on Black Conservative web blogs.

Let's see if leading presidential candidates, including Edwards, Hillary and Obama buy advertising on black progressive and moderate political web blogs. Or will they miss out on new "ripe fruit" of political blog advertising and just advertise with the other side of the blogsphere? Now there will some bloggers that won't allow advertising on their site for whatever reason. Staying independent, etc.

I will be watching to see where the millions in political advertising (including blog advertising) get's spent. Will you?

Remember, The road to White House may cost $1 billion.

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