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Video- Fox Contributor Deneen Borelli: "[Obama] Has A War Against Black Americans"

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Believe me, they sure didn't get this group of African Americans off the average street. "Stacked" is the word that comes to mind. I watched a few minutes of this last night until the nausea got to be too much. Via.

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Video- Bill O'Reilly: "Historical Grievances" Like Slavery Shape Obama's Economic Thinking

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They just kill me. One minute he can't understand the American black experience 'cause he's Kenyan black, next he's all Mr Underground Railroad. Sheesh. Via Media Matters.

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Can cash-strapped cities afford the 2012 election?

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A bug or a feature of austerity? You know the answer to that one. Read the whole article, it'll scare the crap out of you.

In Detroit, the city clerk warned last week that the Rust Belt city would have trouble holding the November 6 presidential election under a slimmed-down budget the mayor proposed to address years of deep financial problems.

In Jefferson County, Alabama, the local government was so short of cash for elections that it used road repair crews to staff the state's Republican presidential primary last month.

And in South Carolina, a $500,000 shortfall after the state's Republican primary in January led elections officials to consider a sponsorship deal with comedian Stephen Colbert, who plays a mock conservative pundit on his late-night TV show.

With cities and counties across the United States in dire financial straits, many local officials are struggling to come up with the millions of dollars they will need to hold the November 6 elections. That is likely to mean fewer election workers and long lines for voters, which could reduce turnout.

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Artist Varnette Honeywood dies

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I'm glad Cosby got her the exposure, but it ticks me off that he shares the headline in her obit. She was an incredible artist.

Varnette Honeywood, an artist and Spelman graduate whose paintings adorned the walls of the set of "The Cosby Show", has died. She was 59.

Honeywood died Sunday in a Los Angeles hospital after a two-year battle with cancer, one of her cousins, Jennell Allen, said Tuesday.

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Honeywood painted simple situations, such as a church picnic packed with congregants in their Sunday best or a mother combing her daughter's hair. Bill Cosby said he was captivated by the affection between subjects in the paintings.

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In terms of visibility and reputation, Honeywood was one of the country's most recognized black artists, said Paul Von Blum, emeritus professor of African American studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

"She had a very profound impact on the use and direction of contemporary African American art," he said.

By celebrating the vibrant and exuberant traditions of black life, Honeywood broke from other black artists' tendency to focus on the legacy of slavery and racism, Von Blum said.

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VIDEO: "Tea Party Rap"

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By GottaLaff


CBSNewsOnline April 14, 2010Singer Lloyd Marcus performs the "American Tea Party Anthem" at a Tea Party rally in Boston, Massachusetts

Look! An African American at a Tea Tantrum rally! And he "raps" [sic]! Not much of a singer, though.

In fact, this is just embarrassing:

"I'm an America-a-a-a-a-a-aaaaan!!"

Hey Lloyd, if you have to insist that you're an America-a-a-a-a-aaan!, you're "not racists", you're "not stupid", and that you're "gonna win" that loudly and obnoxiously, then there very well may be room for reasonable doubt.

H/t: ahuntre

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President Obama conjugates his verbs

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By GottaLaff

Mike Allen flags a fascinating moment from David Remnick’s new Obama book, in which Obama explains why he had an easier time than the previous generation’s African American pols in calibrating his “dialect” for different audiences:

The fact that I conjugate my verbs and speak in a typical Midwestern newscaster’s voice — there’s no doubt that this helps ease communication between myself and white audiences. And there’s no doubt that when I’m with a black audience I slip into a slightly different dialect. But the point is, I don’t feel the need to speak a certain way in front of a black audience. There’s a level of self-consciousness about these issues the previous generation had to negotiate that I don’t feel I have to.

Um, about that phony George Bush twangy cowboy act-- that was just fine with the GOP. They bought into the brush clearing, the strutting around in flight suits, "mission accomplished"... but conjugate verbs?

Verbs??
That's positively criminal.
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