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understandinglife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:06 PM
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Rep Conyers: "if Members ... can't speak the truth to these wingnuts ..."
Defending the Indefensible

57 Co-signatories so far


Members are flocking to sign my letter to Salem Radio Networks demanding an explanation for Bill Bennett's off the wall remarks on Wedensday. By the end of the day Friday, we were up to 57 signatories (see extended entry), but not a single Republican.

In the mean time, the right wing is having a field day criticizing me for critizing Bennett, if you can believe that one -- see this from something called michnews.com. Their arguments don't add up. First they say I am quoting Bennett our of context, by not observing that he later said it would be wrong to abort all Black fetuses. Of course, I included that in my letter. But what they miss is not the abortion "hypothetical" -- as absurd and tasteless as that is -- but Bennett's suggestion that African Americans are synonymous with crime. It is a text book case of sterotyping and racism, and cannot be explained away. Second they say I am a First Amendment hypocrite. I don't think there are many stronger First Amendment supporters in Congress than I am, but all I am suggesting is that those who use the air waves have a tad responsibility to not foment racism. I am not the FCC after all, but if Members of Congress can't speak the truth to these wingnuts, who can?

Adam Smith, Grijalva, Tierney, Sherman, Baldwin, Pallone, Cleaver, Jackson Lee, Crowley, Larson, Lee, Meeks, Tauscher, Holt, Cardin, Schakowsky, Benny Thompson, McCollum, Al Green, Watson, Corrine Brown, Capuano, Farr, Van Hollen, Butterfield, Filner, George Miller, Lantos, Olver, Solis, Jesse Jackson Jr., Christensen, McDermott, Artur Davis, Stark, Julia Carson, Gutierrez, Payne, Fattah, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Towns, Kucinich, Lewis, Wynn, Meek, Bardallo, Honda, Serrano, Maloney, David Scott, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Becerra, Woolsey, Ford, Rangel, Velazquez

Link:

http://www.conyersblog.us/archives/00000261.htm

Blogged by the Congressman at 1039PM EDT -- defending our Republic day and night.


Peace.
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Independent_Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:08 PM
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1. Kick!
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dooner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:23 PM
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2. Yep, Bennetts remarks wrong for so many reasons. n/t
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O.M.B.inOhio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 03:18 AM
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20. yet another signal to racists: implies a white "we" vs black "them"
It's not just about stereotyping. It's about power and rights. Bill Bonehead's remark implies that "we" of government and white bigots/real Americans have power over a black "them," who live in "our" country by our good graces, like some distant cousin who's sleeping on the couch... and maybe overstaying their welcome. We tolerate them (teach "tolerance" indeed!) but it's still our house. So if they demand rights, they've forgotten their place.
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Amonester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:25 PM
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3. Nominated. (Must go to Greatest Page e.g. need 1 more) - n/t
And Keep
:kick:
Please
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Lindsay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:26 PM
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4. I heart the good Congressman.
He fights the good fight every day.
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charlie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:26 PM
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5. Wingnuts!
Keep on calling them what they are, Mr Conyers. That's the kind of talk we need to hear.
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understandinglife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:37 PM
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8. He calls'um out, for sure. And, at 1039PM EDT on a Friday night ...
.... at least 2 hours after gerogie boy has been tucked in with milk and cookies for another long-night slumber while people are dying and being tortured because of his ruthless neoconster imperialism.


Peace.
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 12:23 AM
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13. The hardest working man in dc
I just adore Mr. Conyers. We're all so lucky to have him in our government.
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charlie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 12:40 AM
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18. 76 freaking years old
and his blogging is fierce. That he can still do that after putting in a full day battling jihadists(R) makes congresscritters half his age look weak, tepid, shameful, foolish.
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understandinglife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 09:31 AM
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25. He is amazing! And, you get the sense that he's just getting started!!!
Peace.
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BlueCaliDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:55 PM
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6. Conyers and Boxer R My Heroes!!! :-) n/t
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:00 PM
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7. Sad, not one Republican with a conscience. All a bunch of
drones in the hive. All they can do is rubberstamp whatever legislation DeLay tells them to do. A bunch of cowards with no sense of moralit.
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 12:23 AM
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14. Maybe they're afraid of speaking out
:shrug: Maybe they'd be critized and don't want to get all the freepers attacking them. Kind of sad they don't have spines. *sigh*
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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 03:35 AM
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22. getting desperate, so they can't afford to chase off racists
You'd probably get a Medal of Freedom if you figured out how to sell a corporate tax break, the Spanish Inquisition, and a lynching in one bumper sticker.
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hiley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:59 PM
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9. Congressman Conyers
never sleeps !
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fooj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 12:13 AM
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10. I am so lucky my Congressman is Sam Farr! He never disappoints me.
I'm proud of the way he stands with Conyers! I think I'll drop him a note and tell him just that!

Peace.
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understandinglife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 12:20 AM
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11. Know what you mean. I'm calling McDermott and Adam Smith on ...
.... Monday and thanking both of them (McDermott is our Congressman and Adam Smith is represents the district just south of us)!


Peace.
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 12:24 AM
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15. McDermott is awesome!
I really like him too. :loveya: There are so many great guys/girls out there in Congress that should be in the Senate.
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 12:22 AM
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12. We should all complain to the FCC
It's disgusting what they are saying out there not only about black people but about gay people and liberals too. Ugh. And they are supposivley Christians and more moral then me as a liberal?! Disgusting.
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Sunkiss BlueStar Donating Member (232 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 12:30 AM
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16. Hey Boya Boya
I like what Im hearing.
"WingNuts" only want the good side of Bennett showed too the sheeple masses. Well guess what Wingies, he exposed himself. Go getem DEMS. :kick: :thumbsup:
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 12:33 AM
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17. Mr. Conyers, my hero.
:)

:kick:
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Qibing Zero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 02:01 AM
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19. Exactly,
and if I can't say fuck or shit over the airwaves without repercussion, how on EARTH can he get away with saying THAT fucking shit?


I apologize wholeheartedly, but it fit. :)
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Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 03:23 AM
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21. Conyers is the man!
Refreshing to hear from someone in Congress that hasn't sold out. This whole argument is stupid beyond belief. The fact that Bennett gave a disclaimer at the end of it being bad gives him NO REASON to mention a race of people or a negative activity. This is the nazi mannerisms so many of us talk about. No wonder they don't help Africa, genocide? They got oil?
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DemReadingDU Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 05:35 AM
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23. Does Conyers ever sleep?
Thanks for all his hard work
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mandyky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 06:24 AM
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24. It's genocide by abortion
and of course it is reprehensible, as were Bennet's comments. That is not the way you talk about race, by propposing something so sickening.
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lateo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 10:19 AM
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26. I love Conyers.
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 12:25 PM
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27. Recommend for our wonderful Rep. Conyers. Truly a "man of the people"
ALL people, even the GOPs, if they could only see it.
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understandinglife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-05 04:31 PM
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31. Truly a "man of the people" --- he certainly is.
Peace.
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evolved Anarchopunk Donating Member (188 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 01:45 PM
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28. The reason republicans are getting so upset is that they can all
see themselves saying something like that. You see, none of them have a logical base to their beliefs, and something like this just might slip b/t friends, you know? They are ashamed at themselves, this is the reason for their outrage. It's not like they're putting more energy into this for any noble purpose, like a friend in need, b/c the comments are beyond indefensible. Simple.

No, rethugs are afraid of the direction of our culture alright, and how it is turning degrees away from them EVERY DAY.
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BamaBecky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 03:37 PM
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29. kick
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goclark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 03:40 PM
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30. kick again
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