Tee hee hee

It’s a Texas showdown.

Across the state this weekend, tense confrontations — even shoving matches — erupted as partisans for Clinton and Obama battled over how to interpret the March 4 election results and how to choose delegates to the Texas Democratic convention.


  1. And as a result, we have a chance of winning Texas in the fall, and of picking up the senate seat of John Cornyn with Lt. Colonel and state rep. Rick Noriega.

    I think Cindy, you are under the impression that any time there is any bit of tension or scuffle, it’s bad for Democrats and goof for John McCain.

    Barack Obama will come out from this contest the nominee and already “vetted.” In addition, thanks to Clinton staying in the race, we have Democratic interest and voter registration highs among Democrats in PA, TX, OH and other states that are critical.

    It’s fun to see Republicans finally play defense for once and grasp at straws. When the nominee is chosen, a vast majority of Americans will stand behind Barack Obama.

  2. The party does appear currently divided. 20% of either group of supporters would vote right now for John McCain instead of the other Democrat.

    I am under the impression Shawn that the longer this drags out the nastier it gets and the harder it is on the Democratic party. It will take time to heal after the interior rift, and it looks like it could come down to the convention only a few weeks before the final election.

    Tick tock.

  3. Remember how many Republicans said they would not vote for John McCain if he were the nominee…and now he has closed ranks.

    His numbers were higher than 20%, too.

    It will not come down to the convention. If Hillary refuses to get out, there is a bloc of superdelegates who will hand the victory to Obama. We’re not going to sacrifice this election to a 3rd Bush term.

  4. Terminator says:

    A “vast majority” will never vote for Obama or any other black personage in my opinion.

  5. A simple majority would be sufficient.

    And why does no one concede that he is also a WHITE person? Mothers count.

  6. Yes, she would officially be known as “Mother of Barack.”

    It does look like a complicated family tree.

  7. Terminator says:

    For some odd reason if a person is 1/16 negro, they are classified as that even if they look like Snow White. Look at Wright who looks white even at night!

  8. Officially? I go by “mother of multitudes” myself, or sometimes “queen of everything.” And let us not forget my motto: mom has superpowers.

  9. Um, Terminator, that’s was the rule under Jim Crow. That’s no longer the case.

    You are about 2 years behind in your doubts that America will vote for an african-american. More people have voted for Barack Obama than Hillary Clinton or John McCain.

    MSNBC and CNN have been talking for quite some time about how people are more willing to vote for an african-american than a woman or a geezer.

    That way of thinking implies that if you’re a little non-white you’re tarnished enough to be considered 100% non-white. It implies being white is by virtue of purity.

    That’s ignoring the fact that no one really even cares. Just the pundits and the bigots. They are not a majority in this country anymore.

  10. Islamic custom, Kathryn.

    I really like “Mom has superpowers.” I made need to borrow that one.

  11. Geezer? C’mon.

  12. Geezer? You aren’t one to name call. Why start now?

    Obama could be purple and Clinton orange for all I care. They’re still left of liberal.

  13. Fine. Mea culpa. Switch to “Senior Citizen.”

  14. Arab custom, I think.

    “Superpowers” came from a three year old. He denies it now, but I’m sticking with it.

  15. Isn’t a senior citizen a minority?

    Seriously, I’m trying to find what percentage of ethnicity is required to qualify for grants, etc. Anyone know?

  16. I don’t think there is one. I usually tell people to check which ever box (describing my family) brings the most money. Left of liberal! I suppose foundations can name whatever terms they want.

  17. The only kind of qualifications I know are for tribal membership of Native American blood.

    I have Native American blood but it was never registered on the Dawes rolls so I didn’t attempt to try to fight for it. It’s probably too small of an amount to make a difference anyhow.

    I know someone who’s parents were German missionaries in South America and she was born there and moved to the US. On her college applications she said she was Hispanic. She has red hair and not one ounce of non-European blood.

  18. Terminator says:

    I wonder why most of the entertainers who look white label themselves as blacks then? It’s a curious dichotomy isn’t it? Perhaps there is the concern that if they produce offspring, one could have the appearance of a negro? It’s an interesting situation. Time will tell if the public is ready or not.

    I might add that if anyone gets their news from MSNBC or CNN, they are getting it from very biased and unreliable sources except for Lou Dobbs.

  19. Hah! Lou Dobbs is certainly biased. You are too funny. To say something is biased is to state the obvious. Everything is biased.

  20. Ahah! Native American is a familiar subject as the spouse is 1/64 Kansas Delaware. Kansas Delaware is not a recognized tribe, though. There was a one-time payment as the residual of something in the early 80’s, but nothing since. They tribe still can’t get standing. (He did get calls for a few years asking if he’d be the minority member of this or that board. I joke I want to buy land in Kansas and start a casino.)

    The census showed a minority as any non-white. But others have women as minorities because of social power difficulties. I’d still like to know if there’s a legal description.

  21. Terminator says:

    Excerpt from Wikipedia. Note Mariah Carey’s comment at end.

    The current U.S. Census definition includes white “people having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East or North Africa.[47] The U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation describes white people as “having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa through racial categories used in the UCR Program adopted from the Statistical Policy Handbook (1978) and published by the Office of Federal Statistical Policy and Standards, U.S. Department of Commerce.[48]

    The cultural boundaries separating white Americans from other racial or ethnic categories are contested and always changing. Among those not considered white at some points in American history have been: the Irish, Germans, Ashkenazi Jews, Italians, Spaniards, Slavs, Greeks and other Mediterranean peoples.[49] Studies have found that Middle Eastern American teenagers may sometimes construct identities that distinguish themselves from “white society.”[50]

    Professor David R. Roediger of the University of Illinois, suggests that the construction of the white race in the United States was an effort to mentally distance slave owners from slaves.[51] By the 18th century, white had become well established as a racial term. The process of officially being defined as white by law often came about in court disputes over pursuit of citizenship. The Immigration Act of 1790 offered naturalization only to “any alien, being a free white person”. In at least 52 cases, people denied the status of white by immigration officials sued in court for status as white people. By 1923, courts had vindicated a “common-knowledge” standard, concluding that “scientific evidence” was incoherent. Legal scholar John Tehranian argues that in reality this was a “performance-based” standard, relating to religious practices, education, intermarriage and a community’s role in the United States.[52]

    In 1923, the Supreme Court decided in United States v. Bhagat Singh Thind that people of India were not “free white men” entitled to citizenship, despite anthropological evidence that they were Caucasian.[53] The 1970 US Census classified South Asians as white.

    [edit] Relations with African-Americans

    The so-called one drop rule — that a person with any trace of non-white ancestry (however small or invisible) cannot be considered white — is unique to the United States.[54] The one drop rule created a bifurcated system of either black or white regardless of a person’s physical appearance. This contrasts with the more flexible social structures present in Latin America, where there are no clear-cut divisions between various ethnicities.[55]

    As a result of 400 years of living alongside white people, the majority of African Americans have white admixture, and many white people also have African ancestry. Some have suggested that the majority of the descendants of African slaves are white.[56] According to recent studies, white Americans rank non-Americans as socially closer to them than fellow Americans who are black.[57] Writer and editor Debra Dickerson questions the legitimacy of the one drop rule, stating that “easily one-third of blacks have white DNA”.[58] She argues that in ignoring their white ancestry, African Americans are denying their fully articulated multi-racial identities. The peculiarity of the one drop rule may be illustrated by the case of Mariah Carey.[59] She was publicly called “another white girl trying to sing black”, but in an interview with Larry King, Carey said despite her physical appearance and the fact that she was raised primarily by her white mother, she does not feel that she is white, because of the effects of the one drop rule.[60] [61][62]

  22. Vaterlandmensch says:

    Aryan is white super race!

  23. There are a lot of short brown Aryans.

  24. Uh-hum. I prefer you stay as one personality on this blog. Please don’t post under two names.

  25. I find it interesting that in the face of scientific evidence proving that some “brown” people are Caucasians, the word Aryan was introduced to be even more racially elitist.

  26. I would have deleted the comment, but Kathryn had already responded.

    Vaterlandmensch knows how much I dislike this particular type of behavior. He needs to be good if he wants to stay around.

  27. Shawn, this is one of those things I’d like to learn more about with regard to India, in particular. I think that large numbers of Indians and perhaps Persians identify themselves as Aryan. Do you know more?

  28. Maybe off-line, if you do. This is way-way off topic now.

  29. Actually I do, Aryan is form Sanskrit…anyhow I will e-mail you about it.

  30. You two are gonna go and have fun without the rest of us! Shawn – you can always put something on your blog and then link to it.

    It is a pretty interesting topic.

  31. I hope you have all noticed how restrained I have been in not joining in these discussions today. I’m trying to turn over a new leaf and not let all this political stuff drive me to be less than the man I’d like to be.

  32. Hey, you’re alive! Congratulations on such restraint.

    It gives me an idea…