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August 25, 2007

two jack and jill hat-tip "ha!"s

1: Ha!

Fox-Backed Democrat Debate Called Off

(AP) Fox News and a black political group say they will not hold a Sept. 23 Democratic presidential debate in Detroit, which the leading candidates already were planning to skip.

A new date had not yet been set, Fox News spokesman Michael Murphy said Thursday.

The campaigns of U.S. Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama and former Sen. John Edwards had said they would not participate in the debate. Opponents have criticized Fox as biased against Democrats.

The debate, co-sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute, was to have been held at the Fox Theatre.

Institute chairman U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said in a statement on the group's Web site that the "overwhelming number of party presidential debates has created a scheduling challenge."

"Revisiting the CBC Institute's debate schedule will allow the time necessary to complete all debate logistics in an effective manner," he said. The group had said it planned to sponsor two Democratic and two Republican presidential debates. [full item, h/t Jack and Jill Politics]

To echo Jack and Jill Politics blogger Jack Turner:

Big Up/Hat Tip to all in the netroots that helped kill this thing including Robert Greenwald at Fox Attacks, Color of Change, and many, many, many more.

2: Ha!

Black Agenda Report 2007 Lawn Jockey

Black Agenda Report's Bruce Dixon writes:

When George Curry's Emerge Magazine published its famous 1993 cover depicting US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as "Lawn Jockey for the Far Right", he used ridicule to ignite a potent WMD --- a weapon of mass discussion among African Americans that clarified black opinion on the uses to which an earlier Bush administration put its prominent black faces. In that spirit, Black Agenda Report and CBC Monitor will be at the annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference in DC this September 26 to establish a new tradition --- the awarding of the "Lawn Jockey" to the three or four African American members of Congress who score lowest on the semi-annual CBC Monitor report cards. The Honorable George Curry will present the awards. It's time to reclaim, to restart and to redeem the African American political conversation, the dialog among and about us that neither black nor white corporate media is willing to air. [full item, h/t Jack and Jill Politics]

While I shed a tear that my own preferred coinage hasn't taken off in this arena -

talking

- I can't wait to see who wins the coveted Lawny in September.

(Those of you confused by the use of the lawn jockey in this case should consult this chart.)

Posted by ebogjonson in politricknal sciences, race and other identities, talking androids, on August 25, 2007 12:55 PM

Comments

You've heard my preference before: my bias for Talking Android is duely noted.

Besides, the kids won't know that all Lawn Jockeys used to be black (or that all Gnomes used to be Lawn Jockeys.)

'droids are clearly the future of Tomming.

Posted by: ProblemWithCaring at August 28, 2007 3:45 PM

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