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Roland Burris Claims Responsibility for the Wrong Thing

Until now I have stayed away from all the arguments surrounding the impeachment of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, and his controversial choice in naming Roland Burris to replace President Barack Obama in the Senate.

Today, however, I have something to say.

I came across an article in the Chicago Sun-Times about Senator Burris, and his recent appearance at a Martin Luther King breakfast (part of the Rainbow PUSH coalition).

It was at this event that Burris claims it was he who made it possible for Barack Obama to become president.

I had hoped, with the historic election of our first black president, that we would not be bombarded with a bunch of idiotic people claiming that had it not been for them and their tireless efforts, this election never would have been possible.

It seems my prayers are going to go unanswered… in this instance at least.

Now don’t misunderstand.

I’m not saying there wasn’t a huge effort, an effort that dates back more than a century, that went into making Obama’s election possible.

Many people- men and women, black and white- have worked tirelessly, sacrificing their very lives, so that a man like Barack Obama- a man just like any of the rest of us- could acheive the honor of holding the highest office in this land.

All of them are heroes, and all of them have my undying respect and gratitude.

Roland Burris, however, is an asshole.

I’m surprised that Burris, in his never-ending quest to take credit for the results of this most historic election (glory that is not his), has not gone on to take credit for ending the death penalty in the state of Illinois.

He was responsible for it, after all.

Unfortunately, the story behind the now-infamous moratorium on Illinois’ executions is more of a black mark on Burris’ record than anything else… maybe that’s why we don’t hear him talking about it too often.

Allow me to explain.

As many people know, Roland Burris served as the state of Illinois’ Attorney General from 1991-1995. He was only the second African-American to hold this position.

In 1992, the case of two men- one of which had been sentenced to death in 1985 for the kidnapping, rape and murder of  a 10-year old child- erupted in controversy, and was back on the docket, up for appeal.

Burris assigned Assistant Attorney General Mary Brigid Kenney to fight the appeal. Right away, she developed some serious concerns regarding the legitimacy of the original investigation against the men.  She immediately sent her boss (Burris) a memo stating that she believed the state had convicted two innocent men, refusing to take part in fighting to uphold what she felt was a wrongful conviction.

Burris ignored the memo altogether, resulting in Kenney’s resignation.

Her letter of resignation reads, in part:

 I was being asked to help execute an innocent man… Unfortunately, you have seen fit to ignore the evidence in this case.

In 1995, DNA tests confirmed that neither of the men had committed the crimes they had been charged with and sentenced to die for.

Kenney, it seems, had been right all along.

A.G Burris, on the other hand, defended his fight to keep the men in prison, claiming that it is not his job to judge the actions of the jurors who originally convicted them.

In 2002, then-Governor Jim Ryan issued a full pardon to both defendents.

It was this case that resulted in Governor Ryan’s state-wide moratorium on all executions.

Burris was never taken to task for his tireless fight to execute an innocent man, nor was he ever forced to accept responsibility for causing the moratorium on all executions in Illinois.

Don’t get me wrong- I’m not a fan of the death penalty myself.

Burris, however, fucked up.

While definitely one of his bigger mistakes, the death penalty fiasco is but one example of the true character of this jackass.

Like too many politicians, he has led a professional life that is fraught with hypocrisy.

In 1993, for example, while still Attorney General, he organized a national handgun ban. He even helped organize Chicago’s first Gun Turn-In Day.

The problem?

It was later revealed that Burris himself not only owned a handgun and a shotgun, but had refused to turn either of them in, like he was pushing so hard for everyone else to do.

His excuse?

He “forgot”.

Right.

He organizes a nationwide hand gun ban, pushes for heavy gun control (not something I’m opposed to, mind you), organizes the city’s first Gun Turn-In Day…

… And then “forgets” that he owns two weapons himself?

Alrighty then.

Senator Roland Burris, unfortunately, is just another politician…

… Full of his own self-importance… and laced with a whole heapin’ gob of bullshit.

A man who thinks the rules apply to everyone but him.

Wonderful.

This is just what we need.

Posted in Barack Obama, C-Haze, Children, Elections, Joe Biden, John McCain, News, Politics, Presidential Campaign, Relationships, Sarah Palin, War on Terror

Kindergartners, Sex-Ed and the Dirty Old Man

So…

What, specifically, is it about Barack Obama that brings out the raging lunatic liar in people?

No seriously- I really am curious about this.

Apparently it wasn’t enough to lie about his being a Muslim… or about his having ties to terrorism… or about his U.S. Citizenship (though I gotta say- if Obama ain’t a citizen, in spite of being born in the U.S., then McCain definitely isn’t one… I mean if we aren’t counting a man who was born in Hawaii as a citizen then… uh… well… wasn’t McCain born in Panama or some shit?)…

… But whatever. I digress.

Now, apparently, since the other crap didn’t work, we have to lie about his stance on kindergartners and… uh…

Sex Ed.

Lord have mercy.

According to McCain’s most recent slanderous campaign ad, Barack Obama would have our little five year olds learn about sex before they learn to read.

Seriously.

I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.

So what’s the real story?

Well, I can tell you it isn’t nearly as exciting as what McCain and his puppy dogs pit bulls managed to cook up.

Here’s the area of the bill that McCain is pouncing on:

“Each class or course in comprehensive sex education offered in any of grades K through 12 shall include instruction on the prevention of sexually transmitted infections, including the prevention, transmission and spread of HIV.”

This somehow translates to, “hey everybody, let’s teach our kindergartners sex ed before they can even read!”?

I guess if you’re hell-bent on putting a spin on every single thing Obama touches, you could take that quote and do some nutty stuff with it.

Clearly- as we’ve already seen.

I, however, prefer to deal in reality, and as such, feel the need to point out that the bill’s sole purpose is to add education on the prevention of spreading and contracting STDs in addition to sex-ed programs that are already in place, per current Illinois standards.

What this means, in Lehman’s terms is that whatever grade levels sexual education is currently being taught, those are the grade levels this new bill applies to.

Not kindergartners.

If sex-ed wasn’t being taught to kindergartners before the bill was passed, it won’t be taught now.

It’s that simple.

Further, this legislation is a good thing- not a bad thing- especially considering most kids entering college already have years of first-hand sexual experience… and…

15 million kids will contract an STD this year… one in four already have one… and 85% of them don’t even know it.

Yet so many people want to stand behind McCain, put their little blinders on, pretend it won’t happen to their kids, and bash the shit out of Obama for his willingness to…

Confront an epidemic head on.

I guess I just don’t understand… but, moving on…

Back to kindergartners, and what this bill actually has to do with them:

What it will teach kindergartners is the difference between good touch and bad touch… and how important it is for children to tell a trusted adult if someone is touching them inappropriately.

Or in other words, the bill is geared to help keep kids- all kids- safe from predators.

Obviously this is a concept that dear ol’ Mr. McCain is opposed to.

Think he ever caught anything while dating that stripper?

Oops.

The dirty old man has spoken.

Posted in Barack Obama, C-Haze, Elections, John McCain, News, Politics, Presidential Campaign, Race, Sarah Palin, War on Terror

Balls of Steel, Pet-Spending and Corny Puns

It takes some big balls to accuse your opponent of doing the exact same thing you yourself have done…

Especially when in your own case you’ve done it 10 times worse.

Today John McCain and Sarah Palin jointly criticized Barack Obama for the amount of money- yes, earmarks- he has asked for in his home state of Illinois.

What they apparently forgot about was the simple fact that Sarah Palin asked Washington for more than 10 times that amount for Alaska.

So… with that in mind… which is McCain/Palin?

The pot…

… Or the kettle?

And yeah, they’re both calling Obama black…

Which he is… but…

Whatever.

I find this interesting, considering Obama asked for an amount that comes to about $25 for each one of Illinois’ residents last year.

Palin?

Well… she asked for…

An amount that would equal $295, during the same timeframe, for each resident of Alaska.

Huh.

Now I’m no math major…

But…

She asked for a whole heck of a lot more, now didn’t she?

Yet she’s talking smack about Obama’s request for earmarks?

Cuz that makes all kinds of sense…

Right?

Shoot… well… I guess not.

It’s also interesting to realize that Alaska, in spite of Sarah-Palin-the-Pit-bull’s leadership, is still the number one spender of federal earmark dollars…

… By far.

Appropriate, given Ms. Palin’s penchant for pets- by way of pitbulls- that her own state leads the nation in…

Uh…

Pet-spending.

No pun intended.