Cynthia and Friends
OK. Who did it? This is a joke, right? This isn't really a Democratic Party web site, right? If it is, someone hacked into it and put this up right? Pinch me. I must be dreaming. If this is true can't you just see Republican political operatives salivating? Talk about throwing red meat at a pack of dogs. Clinton had Newt, and the Pubbies are gonna have Cynthia. Oh man this is gonna be fun to watch. And while we're waiting, I guess I can have a little fun too.
Now since the Dems are accusing the media of smearing poor lil Cynthia, let's look at some of what she's saying. An yes, I am being selective. I'm just picking the looniest stuff, 'cause it's my blog and I can do what I want. First some words from Cynthia:
"Now is the time for our elected officials to be held accountable. Now is the time for the media to be held accountable. Why aren't the hard questions being asked?
Ask away. We're waiting for you to ask them. We want questions, not speculation.
We know there were numerous warnings of the events to come on September 11. Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, delivered one such warning.
OK. I'm gonna ask the same question I ask everytime Cynthia or any of the others who think the Bush administration didn't try to prevent 9/11. Now, Cynthia, listen real closely. I'm gonna say this real slowly. What.... was.... the.... Bush.... administration... supposed... to... do.... to... prevent... the... hijackings? The... only... successful.... means..... to..... prevent..... the.... hijackings..... would..... have..... involved..... ethnic..... profiling..... of.... Middle.... Eastern..... men. Or, 'Excuse me sir. Yes, you, the swarthy one, are you planning on hijacking a plane today?'
Those engaged in unusual stock trades immediately before September 11 knew enough to make millions of dollars from United and American airlines, certain insurance and brokerage firms' stocks.
Do you think that might have been Osama bin Laden and some of Cynthia's other Arab friends? I'm not implying anything here. I'm just, ya know, asking questions. What did Osama bin Laden know and when did he know it? Oh, he did? That's different. Never mind.
What did this Administration know, and when did it know it about the events of September 11? Who else knew and why did they not warn the innocent people of New York who were needlessly murdered?"
I bet it was all them Jews who wuz told not to go to work that day and didn't show up. Yep. They wuz the ones behind it. And now skipping to the defense of Miz Cynthia and the smear campaign.
As the text of Rep. McKinney's remarks shows, she did NOT imply September 11 was an "Administration Plot." She did not say it, she did not suggest it, and she did not even obliquely hint at it.
Most of us are not saying that she thought it was an "Administration Plot". What most of us, who think Cynthia is a loonie, are saying is that she implied that the administration knew and did nothing. And, as I've pointed out many times, even if they tried to do something to prevent it, Cynthia would be screaming at the top of her lungs about 'ethnic profiling'. And I'm now pounding my keyboard so hard I'm about to break it because even now, knowing that the most likely people to hijack another airplane would be someone of Middle Eastern descent, we still cannot single them out for extra security because we might offend them. Arrggghhh! I meant this to be fun, but now I'm really getting pissed off.
She is demanding an investigation into her charge that Bush may have done nothing because his rich friends stood to profit from the military build-up, The Washington Post reported McKinney did NOT charge "that Bush may have done nothing because his rich friends stood to profit from the military build-up." And since she did NOT make that charge, she is NOT "demanding an investigation into" that charge.
I'll agree that she did not make that charge, but she sure as hell made that implication and anyone with the brains of a third grade pissant realizes that. Or, at least, anyone with the brains to not vote for Cynthia McKinney. And stay tuned, because at the end of this post we get to read letters from two of her supporters.
The Washington Post,
a noted right wing newspaper
New York Post, AP, and NY Times
New York Times...another noted right wing newspaper
have variously suggested that Rep. McKinney is a conspiracy theorist,
Cause she is
or an irresponsible publicity-seeker.
Dammit! Ain't there a ditto key on this keyboard?
In fact, Rep. McKinney is a leading champion of human rights for blacks and all people of color,
Unless that color happens to be white.
both at home and abroad. She is best known for working with conservative Republican Chris Smith (R-NJ) to enact a "code of conduct" for selling arms to dictatorial regimes.
If they're African dictators, they're fine with Cynthia.
She is serving her fifth term in Congress, representing a district that was only 33% black in 1996.
And 66% loonie. Right smack dab in the middle of her district is Emory University. It is the Emorroids who give her the votes every election. It certainly isn't us bigoted white folks up in Dunwoody.
The media's attempt to portray Cynthia McKinney as crazy
Actually the media is attempting no such thing. Here Cynthia here's some rope. Knock yourself out.
is a repeat of the media's character assassination campaigns against Anita Hill
Not Saint Anita? 'Yeah if you drag a twenty dollar bill through a trailor park...' What? That wasn't Anita Hill? Sorry, must have been thinking of someone else. I can't seem to remember any character assassination except by David Brock and he's seen the light and repented.
and Lani Guinier.
Isn't this amazing? Obviously doing an analysis of someone's public writings and reporting what these writings reveal about her thoughts on racial quotas is character assassination. So, by that logic, was what the left did to Judge Bork character assassination? Oh no, that was different. You don't understand. OK. 'Splain it to me.
In all three cases, outspoken black women have been attacked for daring to express ideas that challenge the white male establishment.
Honey, where's my sheet? I gotta go do sumpin' about them uppity black women. What do you mean it's at the cleaners? Dammit, you know we meet every Wednesday.
History has shown that both Anita Hill and Lani Guinier were telling the truth.
OK. Pubic hairs on coke cans. Long Dong Silver. Bad. Groping women. Boinking interns. Good. It's all about sex. And no one was said Lani Guinier was lying about anything. She was judged by her beliefs. We believed her. We didn't like her beliefs. And it was our first Black President who dumped her. Your boy. Maybe you oughta take it up with him.
History will also show that Cynthia McKinney is telling the truth.
That remains to be seen. History will, however, show that she is a loonie.
We believed Anita Hill and Lani Guinier - and we believe Cynthia McKinney too.
And we also believe in the tooth fairy, and the Easter Bunny, and Santa Claus, and the check's in the mail, and that howler from Dan Rather, 'I believe Bill Clinton is an honorable man'.
And they want all the believers to write letters to the media and send them to email@example.com. and they'll publish them to their website. C'mon all you public spirited bloggers let's get to work!
And now without further ado, let's read a couple of letters from Cynthia's supporters. They can be found here. You'll have to scroll down a few.
Stephen Whitaker of Decatur Georgia (Emory U is in Decatur) writes
I cannot adequately express the dismay I feel at your decision to perpetuate bigotry through your informal study of election contribution records for names that "appear to be Arab-American or Muslim" in reference to Rep. Cynthia McKinney's (D-Ga.) re-election campaign ("Arab-American dollars shore up McKinney," News, June 22)
Steve, we have this funny policy in this country called reporting. See, since most of these contributors are from outside Cynthia's district, we might wonder why it is they are contributing large sums of money to her campaign. Let me make an analogy that you might understand. Let's just say that there are a bunch of defense contractors that started making money after 9/11 and that they contibuted a bunch of money to the Bush administration and that administration....See, you believe that right? No fair! No fair! Make him stop! He's using logic on me.
While I do not necessarily support McKinney's positions on many issues,
So part of your brain is working?
I do abhor the sort of blatant racism that you have chosen to demonstrate.
Here's a neat question. Cynthia's opponent in the primary is gonna attract a lot of donations from Jewish groups. Will you be just as upset about racism if, and when, the AJC reports that?
As a former journalist, I am aware of how (and why) stories are assigned, selected and placed.
Steve, I was kinda surprised about the placement also. I made that comment in a blog from last week. I guess the AJC is tired of having the rest of the country laugh at Atlanta.
As a student of history,
Then I guess you've heard about the 'free press'. It wuz in all the papers.
I am also aware of the damage this sort of decision visits on marginalized communities
And with Cynthia as our congresscritter, Dunwoody is a marginalized community. I mean she didn't even send us the big 'ol expensive book of her accomplishments that she sent to South DeKalb and you folks in Decatur. Talk about being marginalized.
and ultimately negatively affects us all. Perhaps you would do well to revisit history --- particularly that of your own newspaper --- and attempt to learn from it.
Yeah, the AJC has endorsed her a few times. They're trying to rectify that mistake.
And now let's hear from Ed Hunt.
Regarding Cynthia McKinney receiving financial support from the Arab-American community --- please!
Thank you...and you're welcome.
You would have me believe that McKinney's political boat has been bought by Arab-American dollars?
No Ed. You can believe what you want. Most intelligent people would believe that. We report. You decide.
Why not take the picture showing McKinney in front of the backdrop of the letters "World Vision," and put it on the front page with the headline "McKinney risks seat with support for Arab-Americans," which was really what the article was about.
Ya know, they were thinking of doing that, but decided to be a little more subtle than that. It didn't matter. It still worked. It pissed you off.
You guys amaze me. Do you think everybody is stupid?
Nope. Just the people who vote for Cynthia.
Like shooting fish in a barrel.