Gov. Rick Perry issues proclamation calling for ‘Days of Prayer for Rain in Texas’

HARDY HABERMAN  |  Dungeon Diary

It’s been awfully dry in Texas and the wildfires are spreading big-time. What we need is help to fight the fires and more importantly, RAIN. Now I am a religious guy, even though some of my readers might not believe it, however I am not a big believer in intercessory prayer.

Not so our governor. He has issued an official state proclamation stating in part, “it seems right and fitting that the people of Texas should join together in prayer to humbly seek an end to this devastating drought and these dangerous wildfires.”

Though I applaud his sentiment, the idea of a state proclamation urging prayer really treads heavily on the line between separation of church and state. More importantly, instead of asking people to just pray, why not ask them to volunteer to fight the fires? Actions speak louder than words, Gov. Perry.

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Beyond ‘CNN fires Rick Sanchez after media-controlled-by-Jews rant on satellite radio’

This story is so bizarre. I can’t be sure what was running through Rick Sanchez’s mind, but somehow the intimacy of doing a radio program must have lulled him into a state of mind that allowed that little sensor in your head that stops you from saying something supremely stupid/racist/insane to malfunction. (The Box):

CNN has fired anchor Rick Sanchez, following a radio rant Thursday night where he called Jon Stewart a “bigot,” blamed CNN brass for discrimination against him and insinuated that the media industry is controlled by Jews.

Sanchez had gone on Pete Dominick’s Sirius XM show to promote his new book, “Conventional Idiocy.” While on air, he called Stewart a “bigot,” implied that CNN is controlled by Jews and that the network passed him over for promotion because he’s Latino.

The full transcript is here . It’s worth reading because no paraphrasing can capture the meltdown. I’m not particularly interested in his attacks on Jon Stewart; Sanchez has been the butt of his jokes, and Sanchez sees that as racist. All Rick’s done is give Stewart more to poke fun at.

Where Sanchez goes off the rails starts with his reference to “elite Northeast establishment liberals” that devolves into denying that Jews are an oppressed minority and are holding minorities back, by extension, on CNN.

There are a couple of things that most of the Sanchez-bashers are ignoring because of Rick’s anti-Semitism: 1) the reality of being a minority anchor on that network, and 2) CNN’s history of keeping bigot Lou Dobbs on the air, never reprimanding him for the numerous ON-AIR lies and inflammatory comments about Latinos and other minorities (remember Lou and Obama Waffles?).

Case in point:

RS- I had a guy who works here at CNN who’s a top brass come to me and

say, ‘You know what, I don’t want you to –

PD- ‘Will you wash this dish for me, Sanchez?’

RS- No no, see that’s the thing; it’s more subtle. White folks usually don’t see it. But we do – those of us who are minorities and women see it sometimes too from men in authority. Here, I’ll give you my example its this ‘You know what, I don’t want you anchoring anymore, I really don’t see you as an anchor, I see you more as a reporter, I see you more as a John Quinones – you know the guy on ABC. That’s what he told me. He told me he saw me as John Quinones. Now, did he not realize that he was telling me, ‘When I see you I think of Hispanic reporters’? Cause in his mind I can’t be an anchor. An anchor is what you give the high-profile white guys, you know.

Rick’s not pulling that out of his ass. Last year I had the pleasure of meeting Carol Jenkins, the former president of the Women’s Media Center, who had a storied 23-year career as a news anchor at New York’s local WNBC-TV. She anchored the 6PM newscast (and won an Emmy). She has said much the same thing (sans Sanchez’s slur, of course) about how female anchors are similarly siloed. One news director told her flat-out that viewers “want to see a man in prime time.” She asked what studies or polls he was basing his view on. He had none to cite. Yes, that’s right. Just a “gut feeling” about what people want to see.

The bottom line is that it’s hard to break that glass ceiling, a point Rick Sanchez could have made without resorting to his Jewish conspiracy theory.

Anyway, I suppose that Rick can continue his book tour and think about his next options…and about that broken sensor.

And about Lou “The Brown Menace Is Upon Us” Dobbs? Why the flip didn’t CNN have the hair-trigger trap door for him? The YouTubes of him going off on-air, on the network are numerous. And the Obama Waffles incident at the Values Voter Summit in 1998, Lou stopped by the vendor table to give a slamming endorsement of the product (“My wife will love this!”)? That didn’t cost Lou his job.

It doesn’t excuse Sanchez’s remarks, but it does call into question the objectivity of using bigotry as a principal reason for dismissal at CNN.

 
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—  John Wright

Andrew Cuomo Fires Back At Teabagger Whackadoodle Carl Paladino

Finally some action from the Cuomo camp. I’ve seen this five times on NYC stations already today.

Joe. My. God.

—  John Wright

Brittany Novotny fires back at Sally Kern

Brittany Novotny, the transgender candidate who’s challenging anti-gay Republican State Rep. Sally Kern in Oklahoma, has issued a statement responding to an attack last week from a Kern supporter who called Novotny a “confused it.” In the statement titled “How do we move Oklahoma forward?” Novotny notes that Kern issued a statement Sunday attempting to distance herself from the attack:

In a statement released today, Rep. Kern claims that she has “repeatedly asked [her] supporters not to use any degrading or insulting comments toward [me].” Unfortunately, the evidence indicates this is not the case. In a speech on August 7, 2010, Rep. Kern told supporters:

“And this year, in 2010 election, I have a very interesting race, I have an individual who was born a man, has had a sex change operation, and now considers themselves to be a woman. So, if you live in my district or know anyone who does, please get the word out. Because if I say anything about it, it’s gonna look like I’m smearing, and I’m not, it’s just a fact. And ‘they’ talk about it themselves. (Emphasis added).”

Does this rhetoric sound like someone asking her supporters not to use any degrading comments? Does this rhetoric sound like someone who is trying to keep the campaign about the issues facing Oklahomans?

When I announced my intention to run for this seat, Rep. Kern said she planned to keep this campaign focused on issues. As you are now aware, she has failed to keep her word on that count.

Novotny also posted the above video ad, accusing Kern of ignoring real issues to promote “her narrow social agenda” and “her own extremist interpretation of the Bible.” Ya think?

—  David Taffet

Halstead fires officer for using excessive force following chase

Decision comes less than a week after chief pledges ‘zero tolerance’ for officers that disrespect citizens

Tammye Nash  |  Senior Editor nash@dallasvoice.com

W. A. Featherstone
W. A. Featherstone

Less than a week after Fort Worth Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead told a roomful of citizens gathered for a FWPD Diversity Forum that he has “zero tolerance for anyone being disrespected,” Halstead has fired an officer for using excessive force.

According to a statement released late Thursday afternoon, Sept. 2, Halstead issued an “indefinite suspension” — or termination — to Officer W.A. Featherstone for his actions following traffic stop this past spring.

Featherstone was fired effective Wednesday, Sept. 1.

According to a letter Halstead filed with the Civil  Service Commission on Thursday, the incident began shortly before 4 a.m on March 14, when a woman was stopped by police in the 800 block of West Berry Street after leading officers on a 22-mile chase.

According to the documents filed by Halstead, the woman had stopped, gotten out of her car and was walking backwards toward the patrol cars, with her hands above her head, when Featherstone grabbed her arm, intentionally tripped her and threw her face down on the ground.

Halstead’s letter said Featherstone then hit the woman several times with his left hand and his right knee, leaving her with bruises, a bloody nose and broken teeth.

The statement released to the press indicated that Featherstone had not been part of the pursuit of the woman and that he was not authorized to be at the scene when she finally stopped on Berry Street.

The statement also said that the incident had been videotaped by cameras in the police department’s helicopter, which was on the scene at the time of the incident.

The press release included a quote from Halstead, who said, “We have the greatest police officers in the country.

“However, as I’ve said many times before, if any employee engages in physically abusive conduct towards our citizens, we will find them and I will fire them.”

Featherstone, 29, was commissioned as a Fort Worth police officer on Sept. 26, 2008, and had been on the force for almost two years when he was fired.

An attorney representing Featherstone in the matter told the Fort Worth Star Telegram he would appeal the chief’s decision.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 3, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens