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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:37 PM
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Etan Thomas slams the Bush administration (wow!)
I wish I had be there to hear him give this speech.

http://www.sfbayview.com/092805/etanthomas092805.shtml

Giving all honor, thanks and praises to God for courage and wisdom, this is a very important rally. I'd like to thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts, feelings and concerns regarding a tremendous problem that we are currently facing. This problem is universal, transcending race, economic background, religion and culture. And this problem is none other than the current administration which has set up shop in the White House.

In fact, I'd like to take some of these cats on a field trip. I want to get big yellow buses with no air conditioner and no seatbelts and round up Bill O'Reilly, Pat Buchanan, Trent Lott, Sean Hannity, Dick Cheney, Jeb Bush, Bush Jr. and Bush Sr., John Ashcroft, Giuliani, Ed Gillespie, Katherine Harris, that little bow-tied Tucker Carlson and any other right-wing conservative Republicans I can think of and take them all on a trip to the 'hood.

Not to do no 30-minute documentary. I mean, I want to drop them off and leave them there. Let them become one with the other side of the tracks, get them four mouths to feed and no welfare, have scare tactics run through them like a laxative, criticizing them for needing assistance.

I'd show them working families that make too much to receive welfare but not enough to make ends meet. I'd employ them with jobs with little security - let them know how it feels to be an employee at will, able to be fired at the drop of a hat. I'd take away their opportunities, then try their children as adults, sending their 13-year-old babies to life in prison.

I'd sell them dreams of hopelessness while spoon-feeding their young with a daily dose of inferior education. I'd tell them no child shall be left behind, then take more money out of their schools, tell them to show and prove themselves on standardized exams testing their knowledge on things that they haven't been taught and then I'd call them inferior.

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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:40 PM
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1. I would help pay for the cost of those buses..git those idiots outta there
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Missy M Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:46 PM
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2. I second that, I wish I had been there too. What a powerful speech!!!
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KG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:48 PM
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3. i was there for his speach - he really laid down the smack.
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enid602 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:12 PM
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4. Etan
There was a time when I would have said that Etan did a good job in describing the plight of the poor in our country. The scary thing is that he's really describing what now threatens the broader middle class.
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RevolutionStartsNow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:03 PM
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5. Hey I just watched him on the Operation Ceasefire coverage!
I was re-watching the Steve Earle part, and Etan came on just after. Great stuff. Thanks for posting.
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neweurope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:19 PM
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6. Who is he? - Sorry, I'm German, never heard of him.
What I'm reading here sounds great, though. Recommended.

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Remember Fallujah

Bush to The Hague!
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tomg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:01 PM
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7. He is a basketball player for
the Washington Wizards. Drafted out of Syracuse in 2001. In the great tradition of Ali, John Carlos, Tommy Smith, and other athlete- activists. I heard him at Washington. Great speaker.
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neweurope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:16 PM
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8. Thank you. I find it unsual for a sportsman to deliver a sermon
like this one - but I love him for it :)

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Remember Fallujah

Bush to The Hague!
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tomg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:45 PM
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9. Actually, it is pretty unusual around here too,
but there have been some standouts. As I said, Ali and the two great runners John Carlos and Tommy Smith at the 68 Olympics (made me proud to be a 1/4 miler). For the most part, I think professional athletes tend to be fairly apolitical, although a fair number ( mostly football players)seem to crop up at religious gatherings.
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neweurope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:51 PM
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10. Thank you for the information!
I shamelessly ask you to read the following:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

It is so very important!

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Remember Fallujah

Bush to The Hague!
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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 09:40 AM
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15. thanks for linking that thread
there are no words.
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morningglory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 10:44 AM
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17. Lord, help us! Bin Laden took down the Soviet Union, and now he and
Edited on Sat Oct-01-05 10:45 AM by morningglory
the chimp have taken us down. I don't know how we will ever get up out of this place. Thanks for posting. Bad news is we deserve all this bad stuff, by allowing sh*t-for-brains to steal TWO elections.

Edited to add a little ranting and correct a typo.
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Turn CO Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 11:32 AM
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18. Thank you for adding to the DU community.

Please tell your friends and family that there are still free-thinkers left in the USA.
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jbfam4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 08:05 PM
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11. Thanks for posting
This article gets my vote.
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texpatriot2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 12:51 AM
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12. Isn't that the speech Etan gave at the rally? n/t
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otohara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 12:55 AM
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13. You Can Listen/Watch @ Democracy Now
Edited on Sat Oct-01-05 12:56 AM by otohara
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GetTheRightVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 01:48 AM
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14. I was at the rally and all the speechs were great, Etan was great too.
:kick:
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splat@14 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 09:54 AM
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16. The message = "just get out and vote"!! Great post. n/t
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jarnocan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 12:41 PM
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19. He was great! dynamic and brilliant
I got to hear him, Ramsey Clark and many others but missed Cindy, Cornel West Al Sharpton etc. Great experience http:jarnocan.blogspot.com
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