Thursday, February 7, 2008

OK, Here Are My Thousand Words For Today


President Barack Obama with Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Alfred C. Sharpton.

Or how about this one:

The son he never had; the father he never had.

You are cordially invited to submit your own caption for this picture.

(And don't despair, I'll be posting a less graphic thousand words momentarily).

34 comments:

nonee moose said...

"LOL, Al. You so craaayy-zee..."

(Really...)

Anonymous said...

"Crack, anyone?"

Agustin Farinas said...

"You, bro!, Remember you promised to make me your Secretary of State", or if that one is taken by brother Jesse, or Man of the Year Louis Farrakhan, at least give me the one in the Pentagon! You know I really know how to create trouble for our enemies! Go baby,go!

A Thought said...

"I would like to announce my running mate......


My Dear Lord, that is a scary thought....

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

Henry: "If Al were prettier, he, too, could defeat McCain."

Charlie Bravo said...

de tal palo tal astilla.

Anonymous said...

"He's my peeps."

Gives me the creeps.

Fantomas said...

No sigan relajando con lo del niche...que los va a sorprender a toditos ustedes..Despues no lloren

Vana said...

Scary picture, that's all we need!

cuban angst said...

I told you we just had to turn them folks against McCain. We need to thank George and Henry.

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

"I told you we just had to turn them folks against McCain. We need to thank George and Henry."Cuban angst

But which will thank Henry and which will thank George?

Anonymous said...

If only Ray Charles could see us now!!!

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

Anonymous:

Well, he's seeing them better now than he did before.

cuban angst said...

Stevie Wonder sees it all.

Anonymous said...

Evil Scientist Who Wants to Destroy the World:

"I think we got it right this time."

Anonymous said...

Yo 'bama, did you see those nappy headed ho's?

Fantomas said...

Yo 'bama, did you see those nappy headed ho's?

Racist comment..not very funny,pal

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

To put that last comment in context, it is well to remember that Rev. Al Sharpton has always conked (i.e. straightened) his hair, though lately he has favored a more subdued pompadour than in his glory days.

cuban angst said...

Fantomas,

it was not meant to be racist. I was referring to the Don Imus controversy (wherein Al Sharpton got him fired from WFAN and MSNBC).

I have my doubts about Obama but none of these have anything to do with the hue of his skin. By the way, I left out my moniker accidentally and it appeared as anonymous in the last post. It was me! I'm not ashamed.

Rene M. Grave de Peralta said...

I don't like Sharpton and I can't stand Rangel. Nor can I stand any of their ideological brothers, most of whom are white. That is why I'm looking for a Republican president, because the Dems are going to rule congress and I like divided Government as long as the Republican president is not a nut-job.

This whole thread, however, is shameful and racist, whether intended or not.

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

René:

Free expression is never "racist or shameful." That's why we live in the United States, not Canada.

Agustin Farinas said...

Renee,
if we were making funny comments about Hillary or Romney, or even McCain, would you criticize the commenters for being anti-white?
Equality means exactly that, everyone treated equal. Obama is not so special that commenters cannot make fun of him. Equal rights means the right to be criticized and poke fun at the person just like one would do with anyone else. No more no less.

cuban angst said...

Rene,

I disagree. Sharpton has successfully made a rich life for himself simply by being a race-baiter and divider of races for the last 30 years. The man actually has blood on his hands because of his shenanigans. If Obama chooses to embrace him, I have a right to my say.

All of this political correctness reminds me of Cuba and the Soviet Union where certain phrases can never be uttered. MaT is right, we are still free to parody, comment or criticize, just as Obama has his right to can campaign with whomever he chooses whether it be Rev. Al or David Duke.

Rene M. Grave de Peralta said...

I didn't say you didn't have the right to make racist comments. I also have a right to observe that they are racist. To say that free expression is never racist or shamful is an absurdity I didn't think you capable of Manuel. You have the right to your free expression and I have the right to evaluate it's content.

If Sharpton is a race baiter, I don't have to be one too. I have no problem with criticizing or ridiculing anyone of any color. But the tenor of this thread is all about race. I insist that judging someone by their character, integrity and quality of their ideas and not by the color of his skin is the only acceptable mode of conduct. If you want to call that p.c., I'm fine with the moniker.

Fantomas said...

Free expression is never "racist or shameful." That's why we live in the United States, not Canada.


Entonces porque botaron a Imus si el exercised freedom of speech in his own radio show

Agustin Farinas said...

Fantomas is rooting for Obama on other Blogs when he comments. I wonder if it just just a coincidence that Obama happens to be The Coma-andante candidate for President?

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

fantomas:

Imus was fired by a media company for making on-air remarks which it deemed to be a violation of his contract. The government did not fire him, fine or jail him. That, however, can and does happen in Canada all the time because politically incorrect speech has been criminalized there. Anyone can lodge a complaint against somebody else for what he deems inappropriate speech and the accused individual must then appear before a government panel which will decide whether his case should be adjudicated in the courts. This applies not only to spoken speech but to opinions expressed in books and other media. Canada has that in common with Communist Cuba; perhaps that is why Canadians are much less critical of the Cuban regime than other Westerners.

Fantomas said...

Fantomas is rooting for Obama on other Blogs when he comments. I wonder if it just just a coincidence that Obama happens to be The Coma-andante candidate for President?

oye chivaton de mierda porque haces eso. tu me estas siguiendo por otrosblogs o que ? i am exercising freedom of speech

ademas no tienes que go around other blogs , ve al mio ( el cual tu visitas everyday) y veras como pienso acerca de Obama.

sera posible Mr T que todavia queden chivatos por ahi

Farinas you are a worhtless individual. Pero nada yo sabia eso desde nuestros encuentros en el blog de rui y armengol.
Some things never change

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

René:

A government which constrains certain kinds of speech because it considers such speech an incitement to hate is far more dangerous to freedom than individuals who violate somebody's else's idea of what constitutes appropriate speech. Racism is a facile label today for anything which may offend us. But there is no constitutional stricture against offensive speech. At least not in this country — yet. While that is the case — and even were it not the case — I shall not limit speech in this humble space. To call speech "racist" or "shameful" implies that such speech should be stigmatized, marginalized, or, perhaps, even criminalized as in Canada. Speech however racist and shameful will not undermine our liberties; it is only attempts to limit or suppress speech that will.

Alex said...

Rene has a point. You said:

"Free expression is never "racist or shameful.""

which isn't accurate. Free expression can be racist and shameful and still has as much right to be expressed. That's pretty much the whole point.

You can't equate "stigmatized or marginalized" with "criminalized". I have no problem with the social stigma carried by certain types of speech because it doesn't "limit" it beyond what the speaker should be willing to accept.

Fantomas said...

Driven by his strong opposition to the war in Iraq, former Republican U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee may do something radical, at least for him: cast a vote in a Democratic primary.

Chafee, who lost his reelection race in 2006, left the GOP last summer and joined the ranks of Rhode Island’s unaffiliated voters, who can participate in either party’s primary on March 4.

In his deliberative manner, the former senator says he is considering a vote for Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, who opposed the Iraq war from the beginning.

“It’s a big decision to go into the Democratic primary,” Chafee said in an interview yesterday

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

Alex:

Let me clarify what I meant for you and René: Free expression should never be limited by considerations of racism or shamefulness. I think you can both agree with that.

When I said "stigmatized" or "marginalized," I meant, of course, by the government. I think you would agree with me also that that would be wrong.

Many things can be done by the government short of criminalization to hinder or even proscribe speech, but, as a Cuban, you know that.

Agustin Farinas said...

Fantomas you cast such a giant shadow on the blogsphere it is difficult to visit any Cuban related blog and not find your many comments there. You seem to annoy many people with your comments in many of those websites. In fact, I have seen many commenters call you all sorts of names and none that I can remember were flattering.
So, basically an insult from you is what I would consider a cat's meow. Remembering now some of your curse words and insults right here on this blog, I am not surprised at your comments. I am going to have to talk to Troglo to give you his famous "pomadita" again. It seems you are out of control once more and in need of that famous potion.

Fantomas said...

lol