Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Audacity of Reason

What Barack Obama Could Not (and Should Not) Say

Sam Harris nails it. I found myself thinking the same thing while listening to Obama's excellent speech on race last week: why must there be so many reverential mentions of this "jesus christ" character? For all this speech's historical merit -- and it was certainly timely, and possibly important -- its repeated callback to the praise/punishment mythology disappointed and embarrassed me. Americans are used to this type of divine rhetoric, but I could sense foreign viewers cringing. "Well he's better than Bush, but they still sound a bit like Puritans." Well some of us are.

I see the Obama campaign as a small step in the right direction, and a necessary step it is. But as Harris concludes, while we may be ready for the audacity of hope, will we ever be ready for the audacity of reason?

Michigan and Florida primary debacle put in perspective

Brilliant TPM reader posting:

A Brief History of the Michigan and Florida Primary Debacle

The Imploding Democratic Party?

Josh got this one just about right. Emotional infantilism, indeed. As someone who has been guilty of this very thing, I am glad Josh is calling us all on our bullshit. I am heavily invested emotionally, mentally, financially, and physically in the Obama campaign. My first knee-jerk reaction to some of the other reader posts who are looking for a fight on the convention floor is to bring that fight. I'll be Denver, and if there is going to be a fight, I'll fight hard. I won't be able to help myself.

Democrats have the best chance we have had in decades of transforming the government, and it may all disappear as the party turns on itself. What is very sad about this all, is that I may end up being partly responsible.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Economic Depression Averted with Anti-Depressants


*BREAKING (future) NEWS* - Looming Depression averted with government subsidized anti-depressants.

In a bold move by the outgoing Bush administration, President Bush signs a declaration of friendship and cooperation with all major pharmaceutical companies, and declares War On Terrible, issuing an executive order defining anyone depressed as enemy combatants. In a landmark deal, Big Pharma agrees to inoculate the American populace before economic depression sets in, and in return, all pharma companies can enjoy the fruits of corporate welfare without ever suffering the consequences, and perhaps some well disguised no-bid contracts.

Says president Bush, "If folks in Amurika, aren't feeling bad, then there's no depression. It's my job as the decider to decide that Amurikans shouldn't feel bad, even if that means they don't feel much at all."

In an effort to clarify the president's remarks, White House spokesperson Dana Perino met with the press and stared far off into the distance for a few moments before finally throwing her arms in the air and storming out of the room, mumbling inaudibly.

Recognizing the potential for criminal and liability lawsuits he might be facing for such an extreme move, the president plans to resign from office one week early, but not before issuing another executive order granting retroactive immunity to the citizen Richard Cheney, currently serving as Vice President. Upon Bush's resignation, all executive authority is transferred to Vice President Dick Cheney, who has agreed that as president, he will grant a full pardon to George W. Bush, while enjoying the full privilege of blanket immunity himself.

Despair v. Hope

I just want to be on record for calling it now: The recession we're in now will be looked back upon fondly when we're in the coming depression. My guess is late fall when the TV bobbleheads all start into the "are we looking at a depression?" gaggle - like they are with the belated "are we in a recession?" gaggle right now. The joke about it all is that despite the politicians' and the media's best effort at pretending the inevitable isn't already happening (sort of like with the Democratic primary race), the rest of us know it has because we are witnessing it every time the bills are paid and there's less money in the bank than the month before. The media doesn't have to tell us we're in a recession, our bank accounts tell us that.

On the bright side, we have a bright future to look forward to when Barack Obama is our next president. Without going on about all of the positives that will entail, I'll just say that Barack Obama has the potential to be an FDR to W's Hoover. But I suspect he may be more like a combined FDR/JFK/MLK/RFK... and maybe a touch of LBJ, but only in the good way.

Dark clouds are on the horizon, but the silver lining is the biggest we could hope for.

Clinton Lies... No Surprise!

So much for her claims of a harrowing journey into Bosnia, a place so dangerous even the president couldn't go (even though Bill had been there a couple months prior). Apparently Sinbad has more credibility on this than Clinton.

Ready (to lie) on Day One.

FOX Lies... No Surprise!

From Sam Stein at HuffPo:

"I heard Ambassador Peck on an interview yesterday," Wright declared. "He was on Fox News. This is a white man and he was upsetting the Fox News commentators to no end. He pointed out, a white man, an ambassador, that what Malcolm X said when he got silenced by Elijah Muhammad was in fact true: America's chickens are coming home to roost."

Wright then went on to list more than a few U.S. foreign policy endeavors that, by the tone of his voice and manner of his expression, he viewed as more or less deplorable. This included, as has been demonstrated in the endless loop of clips from his sermon, bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki and nuking "far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon and we never batted an eye."

"Violence begets violence," Wright said, "hatred begets hatred, and terrorism begets terrorism."

And then he concluded by putting the comments on Peck's shoulders: "A white ambassador said that yall, not a black militant, not a reverend who preaches about racism, an ambassador whose eyes are wide open and is trying to get us to wake up and move away from this dangerous precipice... the ambassador said that the people we have wounded don't have the military capability we have, but they do have individuals who are willing to die and take thousands with them... let me stop my faith footnote right there."

Watch the video (the relevant material starts around the 3:00 mark):

While Fox may have started the fire, the rest of the media played right along with it, pouring on the gas at every opportunity. But the pundits should be worried, because chickens do indeed come home to roost. It's not if, but when.

Not a 3am Ad

Well said...

As someone who has been accused of being a Kool-aid drinker, I can only say that these words capture what many of us have known all along. Obama is not perfect, and it's not just that he's the best hope to have come along in a long time, but he is the real deal. If you've read his books, and if you've watched him closely, the one thing you will see that remains consistent is his consistency. The man who wrote "The Dreams of My Father" is the same man you see today, but perhaps a little sharper, and a little stronger, and a little tougher, but at the core he is the same.

What a waste...

Would anyone in their right mind consider paying Howard Wolfson $266,000 per MONTH good judgment? One would think that this kind of money their campaign would be doing a helluva lot better, but instead it has bought someone who is responsible for drawing attention to the Lewinsky scandal as a defense.

*UPDATE* - This probably has a lot to do with the Clinton campaign being so far in the hole with their campaign finances.

Expelled from Expelled

The irony kills me!

They singled me out and evicted me, but they didn't notice my guest. They let him go in escorted by my wife and daughter. I guess they didn't recognize him. My guest was …

Richard Dawkins.

He's in the theater right now, watching their movie.

Tell me, are you laughing as hard as I am?

Yes. Yes I am!

(Thanks for sharing, Scamper!)

Thursday, March 20, 2008

" goes on forever - and - oh my God - it's full of stars."

Farewell, and thank you for so much.

Arthur C. Clarke
, Dec. 16, 1917 - Mar. 19, 2008

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

About race, and the speech...

Racism is one of the most important issues for me, just as much as religion is. This matter with Reverend Wright involves both, coincidentally. While I can speak very passionately to both, I cannot speak nearly as eloquently as Barack Obama can, not even close. His speech was powerful, sweeping in scope, and while he included examples of his own experiences around the issue of race, his speech was not about himself so much as the issue of race in America, and how this issue affects all of us.

I agree completely, but my words are usually more harsh. In fact, even though I am white, and I am atheist, I identify more with Reverend Wright on this issue. While I might not have gone so far as to say "God damn America," I have used some pretty harsh words when discussing religion, racial issues, and the right-wingnuts. I think that there is a common denominator between my attitude on racism and on religion, and that is ignorance. Blind, willful ignorance.

It is ignorance that I find intolerable, but even more so when ignorance is used as a weapon or a tool to oppress or marginalize others.

I spent a lot of my formative years growing up in the South. Most of my family is from the South, and most of them still live there. My grandparents on one side of the family who were a little more tolerant referred to black people as "coloreds," while other grandparents used every racial epithet in the book, from coon to nigger, when referring to black people.

Being in a military family, I had the benefit of moving around a lot, and meeting and becoming friends with people of all ethnicities. I grew up mostly color blind, knowing but in no way caring that my friends might look different from me. I have no recollection of my parents ever having any problem with my friends being of different color or ethnicities, and to me, my black friends were no different than my Hispanic friends, or my "ginger" friends. So it was very troubling for me when I would hear that grandparent, or that aunt, or that cousin use words like nigger, or spic, or what have you. It was especially surprising when I would hear that language from a family member of Native American descent. My father's father was Native American, and my mother's father was of Native American descent. As I grew to understand, though, the family had always hidden that part of our heritage, because Native Americans - and particularly half-breeds - were subjects of racism as well. But this made it all the more disquieting that these same people would speak of other races in this way.

Being white, I have never experienced what non-whites have had to experience. Sure, I've felt out of place when I've been the only white guy at an all-black party. But I've also felt that way when I've been in churches for weddings and funerals. But I cannot know what it feels like to be the only black person in an all-white gathering, and I cannot know what it feels like to be belittled for no reason other than the color of my skin. While I did learn early on that I have descended from Native Americans, I was still white and regarded as such. By that time of the mid-1970s, it was somewhat cool to have Indian blood anyway. While I qualify for the same or similar benefits as American Indians, I refuse to take them because I have not earned them. Not I, nor my family, has ever been forced off our land or from our property because of our skin color, nor have any of us ever been repressed or repressed for such. To take advantage of these benefits, whether legal or not, would be morally wrong. Knowing the difference between right and wrong is the one thing I did learn, but not just from my parents, I also learned it by observing the actions of some and what the effect is on others. While I cannot know what black people experience, I can have compassion for them from what I have observed.

I knew that it was wrong of my grandfather to refer to black people as niggers, because I've seen the pain and the humiliation on the face of a black classmate when she was called that by white kids. Apart from it being wrong, what made me even more angry is that my grandfather could never say why he had something against black people. To him, they were just niggers because of their skin color, and that's all that mattered. He was ignorant.

Despite all of his failings, and his racist attitudes, and all the hateful, angry, mean-spirited things he would sometimes say, I still loved him very much, and I learned a lot of good things from him too. My grandfather and I were very close. He remains a profound influence on me, and I will never forsake him, regardless of our differences. But his beliefs were not mine, his attitude toward black people was not the same as mine, and while I did learn much from him, I also knew that he was wrong about a lot of things. And it would be wrong for anyone to judge me based on anything they knew about my grandfather. Just like it is wrong for people to judge Barack Obama based on what little they know - or have heard - of his pastor.

All that said, there is still a serious problem with race in this country. I do not actually believe that the people who are judging Obama by Rev. Wright's speech believe he holds the same views as his pastor. If they really believed that way, they would have held George W. Bush accountable for the hateful things Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson have been saying for years, but even especially so the things they said after Hurricane Katrina and the attacks of 9/11. They would be looking more deeply into Hillary Clinton's involvement with the Senate Prayer Breakfasts (also here), or so many politicians' involvement with that crazy Rev. Moon. They don't really think Barack Obama believes exactly the way Rev. Wright does. They are judging Barack Obama this way because he is black.

If these same people who think that Obama is influenced so much by Rev. Wright, they would have to believe the same thing about the parishioners of those Catholic churches whose priests have been molesting children. These people would have to judge each other by every crazy, angry, loudmouth person they associate with (and who doesn't have someone like that around?). But they don't really believe that. They are using Rev. Wright's supposed anti-patriotic speeches as their excuse to go after him, because attacking Obama's patriotism is easier and more acceptable than attacking his race directly. Guilty by association, Barack Obama is not a patriot like white Americans are, he's an angry black man who wants to change America, and white America is afraid of what that change might mean.

While Rev. Wright said some things that were a bit extreme even for my tastes, there are many things he was right about in regards to America's involvement in the affairs of other countries. There is plenty of evidence to back that up, and most educated people are aware of many of these events. But to talk about these events is the patriotic duty of every American, even though it is politically dangerous. The voices of dissent are what makes our country stronger, because they keep us on the right and moral path. From what I have heard and read of Rev. Wright's speeches, his focus is always on justice, and on what is right. But the false-patriots, the lapel-pin-wearing neo-fascists who have hijacked this country and our national dialog are using the guise of "patriotism" to attack Rev. Wright, and Barack Obama, but they are really attacking them because of their race. Obama says that racism is not endemic, and this is true, but there are far more blacks and Hispanics and Asians who vote for whites than the other way around.

It was an amazing speech, and Barack did a wonderful job making it inclusive, pointing out that racism is not a one-sided issue, limited only to whites, and the speech was not high-minded, but was brave in the sense that it went right to the heart of one of the darkest issues affecting America. Barack also delivered that speech as a true statesman. He gave us all a glimpse of his true leadership qualities, and he has shown tremendous courage, and a collective calmness while tackling one of the most heated issues plaguing this country. The breadth of his command of all facets of the race issue is astounding, and his unique perspective and experience give him a qualified authority to speak honestly about race, having grown up - at least part time - as a black man in a white middle-class family.

That this speech was about race was testament to his wisdom. Where most others in a similar position might have made the speech more about themselves, or would have been more defensive in their posturing, what made this speech so brilliant was that Barack made the speech about the issue of race in general, and how he and Rev. Wright are just players on that stage right there with the rest of us.

I think this "Rev. Wright issue" has gotten way out of control and was made into a much bigger deal than it deserved to be. I think it was politically driven, and the biggest players have been the sensationalist main stream media. But this issue, and those ratings-hungry media outlets that fanned the flames (and may have even set the fire) have brought to the surface something so important that has long been repressed. It had to be talked about at some point, and Barack Obama has shown true courage and leadership on this issue of race. But while he says that racism in America is not endemic, it remains to be seen how many white people are willing to have a black man as president.

I'm certainly willing.

Open letter from Rev. Jeremiah Wright to Jodi Kantor, "The New York Times"

It's been tough tracking this down, but it is worth a read. Read the full letter here.

Forgive me for having a momentary lapse. I forgot that The New York Times was leading the bandwagon in trumpeting why it is we should have gone into an illegal war. The New York Times became George Bush and the Republican Party's national "blog." The New York Times played a role in the outing of Valerie Plame. I do not know why I thought The New York Times had actually repented and was going to exhibit a different kind of behavior.

Maybe it was my faith in the Jewish Holy Day of Roshashana. Maybe it was my being caught up in the euphoria of the Season of Lent; but whatever it is or was, I was sadly mistaken. There is no repentance on the part of The New York Times. There is no integrity when it comes to The Times.
I could not have said it better.

An amazing speech every bit as important, if not more so

I can't find a video of it, but it is a powerful, thoughtful, and very insightful speech. I'll post the video when I can find it.


Why the Soviet Union failed, and what that has to do with us now

Economics, pure and simple. They went broke. What was a major contributing factor to that? Any Republican will tell you that it was Reagan's strategy of forcing them to spend so much on military build-up in order to compete with the US. We do know for a fact the Russians spent a lot of money building up their military, but it wasn't just their arsenal of missiles that cost them so much, it was their war in Afghanistan. A faltering economy, heavy competition with an economic powerhouse, and an overstretched army fighting a war against an intractable force of Islamist militants with costs spiraling out of control.

Sound familiar?

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Wedding Highlight Video

A musical montage of video from our wedding day

Iraq War Protest in San Francisco

All the details here:

Our Robot Overloads are coming...

I'm very impressed, and very scared!

Check it out on Gizmodo...

Keepin' Hope Alive!

Commentary forthcoming...

Wedding Day (10/20/07)

UPDATE: Here's the full length version of the video (approx. :40 min)

Amok Hypocrisy

To the editors and readers of The San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, MSNBC, The Washington Times, The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Orlando Sentinel, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer,

Where was the outrage against male parishioners in the Catholic churches where the priests were raping little boys? Who was persecuting Swaggart's congregation after he was busted screwing whores? Why isn't anyone attacking the followers of all the evangelical ministers in the mega-churches all over the US who constantly spew hateful speech against anyone and everyone who is not a white heterosexual Christian? Why aren't these followers called out for their hatefulness against America? Why aren't they being accused of being neo-Nazis, or philanderers, or pedophiles because they attend services of those hypocrites at the pulpit who are those very things?

What type of madness inducing virus has infected the American media and the American population that would cause them to attack with fierce anger the one person who may indeed be the only one capable of leading this country out of the darkness that we've been spiraling into for nearly a decade? What type of sickness has infected so many people that would cause them to automatically assume that Barack Obama is the same person as Reverend Jeremiah Wright?

To whomever reads this that has been infected by this maddening disease, I have these questions to ask of you:

Have you attended a sermon of a Catholic priest who has been found guilty of molesting children?

Have you attended a protestant church service where your minister, reverend, or preacher was found guilty of committing a crime such as being involved with prostitutes, committed adultery, used drugs, or had been accused of gambling, extortion, robbery, embezzlement, or any other amoral act?

Have you ever attended a church service where your minister, preacher, priest, pastor, or reverend has said something hateful or horrible or awful, and even though you did not agree with, you just let it slide?

Have you ever been accused of something you were innocent of but were found guilty of merely by associating with someone who was guilty?

If anyone can answer yes to any of these questions, you have three responsibilities. The first is to directly apologize to Barack Obama. The second is to shut the hell up. The third is to stop casting stones from your glass houses.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Geek Humor

"I said brains. All they've got are string theorists."

Horton Hears a Who Cares?!

Ha ha.

Iraq and the economy are related

With regard to the 5th anniversary of our misadventure in Iraq and the tanking economy, here's a little cartoon I did way back around the "Mission Accomplished" day. A bit insightful I must say.

House passes bill with no immunity for telecoms

In honor of that, and the fact that this fight is far from over, here's a shot of sanity:

It could have been stopped before it was started

Five years, the lives of almost 4,000 soldiers, untold numbers of Iraqis, and billions and billions of dollars, all lost. It didn't have to happen.

Lets see just how super the super-delegates are

Clinton cannot win without stealing the election with super-delegate help. Period We know this, and she knows this. She doesn't seem to care, and in her own words considers this the "fun part" of the campaign. She's relishing in splitting the Democratic party, and I would even go so far as to say that I believe the "strike" of Hillary supporters at Kos is part of their "play the victim" tactic, and may in fact be a coordinated effort with the Clinton campaign.

This does not have to go on. The super-delegates can prove how super they are by showing some heroism and coming out to support Obama now. They could even pressure Clinton to bow out right now.

As much as I despise Clinton's tactics - and her politics - I would settle for her on the ticket if she were the veep, but only if she agreed to that in the next few weeks. Obama could get rid of Bill by making him a Supreme Court justice (and wouldn't that be glorious!).

I just got an email from the DNC asking for a donation to help lay the foundation for the nominees run against McCain. I wrote back and told them I won't give up a dime to the DNC until I can be assured that Clinton won't steal this election. I cannot, and I will not support the party if that is allowed to happen.

What Hillary is doing that Obama should be

I've been saying since MS that Obama needs to now stop worrying about Clinton since he all but has this nomination sewn up. He needs to turn his attention squarely on McCain, and start providing a little more substantive information on his proposed policies. As much as I hate to say it, Hillary is beating Obama to the punch by attacking McCain while he's in Iraq. This is the perfect time to do just that, but the Obama campaign is eerily quiet. They did, however, take the time to defend Clinton's attack in that same speech, but why is Obama playing defense and not offense?

I hope Obama changes his game here pretty soon. Rather than bother with attacking Clinton, he needs to hit McCain with everything he has, and only pay attention to Hillary's attacks in a way that diminishes her importance. To keep defending against her attacks is to give her too much stature. Marginalizing her will take her down a few pegs in the publics view, and would also serve to demoralize her.

I like Rick Noriega

Rick Noriega is a class act, and a real stand up guy. I donated a little to his campaign, so I am very glad to see he won the primary for the US Senate race in Texas. It will be glorious to see Rick hand John Cornyn his hat.

Check out his website, and if you can spare a few dollars, donating it to Rick's campaign would be a good investment.

The turning tides

A friend and reader shared this with me tonight:
I went to my county caucus yesterday. They don't expect final results to be tabulated for at least a few days. So many people want a spot at state and congressional caucuses, and I say let them... I also found it interesting listening in on the Clinton supporters in my house district - maybe I'm biased, but most of them did NOT have good reasons for their support. A whole lot of "let's get a woman in the White House" gibberish when our side had no racial arguments at all - it was genuinely about what he supports. I can be proud of that. I can also sleep easy tonight knowing that 390 people from my house district - my NEIGHBORS - are democrats. Huh!!! Considering how are elections go around here, who would've thunk??? so I think the key lesson here is making sure Dems get out to vote and vote for the right people this time around. We're in the retired (THANK GOD) Tom Tancredo district, but on the edge, so it is hard to overthrow the republican support in that CD. But we also have our state house and senate districts to think about and as far as I'm concerned, no more excuses, people! let's get it done.
Some really great points here. The part about Clinton supporters not having any real reason for supporting her other than the fact that she's a woman is something I've heard more than anything in my contact with Hillary supporters. I have to believe that, mostly because no other argument is valid. It can't be experience, because all the candidates with experience aren't in the race anymore. She certainly doesn't have any credible experience, as we continue to discover as her claims are being vetted (no, she has NOT been vetted as she claims, but she will be before this is done). I'd say the Clinton supporters going on strike at Daily Kos is a wonderful thing. I imagine they got tired of losing arguments against a Hillary presidency.

As for red seats turning blue, we're seeing more and more of that lately, and hopefully we'll see a whole lot more.

Black Is the New President, Bitch!

Tracy Morgan does his best to help SNL to at least appear "fair and balanced."

Best. Line. Ever. = "Bitch may be the new black, but black is the new president. Bitch."

Sunday, March 16, 2008

How do you blow Texas?

The Clinton's have long been an influence on a party that is notorious adept at snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, and in Texas where there was a record turnout in Democratic voters, Hillary seems determined to jeopardize all that potential support the Democratic party might have in the general election.

Clinton campaign wants Texas to postpone party conventions

My favorite quote from the article:

"We're not surprised Senator Clinton's campaign has engaged with their attorney, but right now the TDP remains extremely pleased by the record-breaking turnout," Nieto said.

I wonder if she wants it put out there again that the Obama campaign had intercepted an email from the Clinton campaign's plan to train their campaign volunteers how to obstruct the caucuses?

No Political Prisoners in the US!

In case you're not familiar with the case of Don Siegelman, here's some info to get you up to speed:

According to Don Siegelman, "All roads lead to Rove."

Now, there's new evidence to support this theory of a coordinated conspiracy.

Last time I checked this was the United States. Or is this country turning into a pre-WWII Italy or Germany? Perhaps a model of the Soviet Union?

The Obama He Knows

Cass Sunstein has some thoughtful things to say about Barack.

"The Obama we know is no rhetorician; he shines not because he can move people, but because of his problem-solving abilities, creativity and attention to detail."

Sounds like we could use someone like that right about now.

What's wrong with Wright

I won't defend the words Rev. Wright uses, but I understand where he's coming from. It may not be helpful for Obama in this election cycle for the rest of the country to know the truth about America's history of questionable intervention in the affairs of other nations, but Rev. Wright is at least being truthful with his words, as inflammatory as they are.

Rev. Wright is not the only religious figure to use hateful and angry words, and even deliver those words just as passionately. If you've ever been to an evangelical church, you'd see plenty of white guys screaming hateful and dangerous words to their congregations, and sometimes these congregations numbers are massive!

But the media does not seem motivated to point this out. Do we ask these worshipers to disavow their preachers? Do we assume that they believe exactly those words they hear from the pulpit? In the Catholic churches where the priests were molesting children, did anyone think that the churchgoers were also molesting children. Were any of these people asked to leave those churches? When Jimmy Swaggart was busted for screwing whores, did anyone think that his congregation was screwing whores too? Were they asked to distance themselves from Swaggart? What about Jim Baker?

I won't make excuses for Rev. Wright, but I think black folks from his generation can be forgiven for being a little angry. Any white person that doesn't agree also doesn't have a right to say anything on this matter because they haven't had to suffer the same injustices as black people. That is fact, plain and simple.

I think before folks come down with a case of superiority, they need to look inside and around themselves to see if they're guilty of ever saying something they wish they could take back, or if they still associate with people who have said anything nasty or despicable.

Clinton supporters, I'm interested in your perspective on this.

The AP's bias toward Clinton has been exposed

Regarding the writing by Mike Glover, with attention to other articles recently released by the AP, I have noticed a clear bias favoring Senator Clinton over Senator Obama. I'll admit that their writers are trying to be clever with how they use certain devices to get in subtle digs and stabs, but this type of shameful behavior must stop.

I call your attention to this recent article by Mr. Glover:

Obama expands delegate lead over Clinton
Democrat Barack Obama expanded his fragile lead in delegates over rival Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday

Twelve automatic delegates bring the state's total to 57.

Firstly, the AP seems to be the only news outlet that consistently refers to Mr. Obama's lead as fragile, whereas every other media outlet calls it like it is, and that is "nearly insurmountable." But I'll let that one slide. However, with Mr. Glover's adoption of a Clinton-created term - automatic delegates instead of superdelegates - Mr. Glover blew his cover. The AP bias towards Clinton has now been exposed.

Fortunately, other important and relevant folks are picking up on this also:

Don't think we're not paying attention.

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