NY 8th: Vote Today for Race Hustler or Neoliberal

by: fairleft

Tue Jun 26, 2012 at 07:03:52 AM EST

The New York City Council's Charles Barron has made a career as a race hustler, a man who takes his working class and impoverished constituents' legitimate anger at their economic and social conditions and channels that into racial resentment. For example, in 2010, during the worst economic downturn since the 1930s, Barron created a new political party and ran for governor against Andrew Cuomo, a neoliberal Democrat. But the main issue was not economics, no, Barron was fighting mad because no African-American was on the Democrats' statewide ballot, which to Barron signaled a racist Democratic Party. This in a state where the governor in 2010 was an African-American Democrat. None of the preceding is to disparage the righteousness of many or even most of Barron's causes (one of which particularly turned me on: his opposition to state and city freebies for an obscenely wealthy NBA owner so he'd locate his team in Brooklyn).

Barron is now running for the 8th Congressional District seat, primary today, and his main opponent in the Democratic Party is New York State Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries. Key fact about the race is that by mid-June Jeffries had raised $700,000 in campaign donations compared to Barrons' $50,000. No need to wonder who is giving all that money to Jeffries: "Wall Street lawyers, hedge fund operators and charter school advocates ... have poured money into stopping Barron's bid for a Brooklyn congressional seat ..." He's also received all the wrong endorsements from the corporate media and all the wrong comparisons, such as to Cory Booker.

fairleft :: NY 8th: Vote Today for Race Hustler or Neoliberal
A passionate advocate, Jeffries last year told charter school parents "that he would 'always' support their aspirations over those who would 'defend the status quo.'" Ain't that great, unionized public school teachers? Barron, in sharp contrast, has been a strong opponent of charter schools and the closing of public schools to make room for them. But how effective can your advocacy be when most New Yorkers rightly see your politics as fundamentally race-based? Not very.

Again, none of the preceding should disparage Jeffries' reasonable record of accomplishment as a New York State Assemblyman, especially on the 'stop and frisk' issue. But Barack Obama had a similar record in the Illinois Senate. Then he ran for the U.S. Senate, taking in huge amounts of money from Wall Street and corporations, and transformed himself into "Obama Inc." My humble but well-educated guess is that Mr. Jeffries is undergoing a similar metamorphosis.

So, New Yorkers, a race hustler or a neoliberal, what do you say? I say vote for the Green Party candidate in the general election.

P.S. -- Oh, one more thing, there's this, which also indicates another source of Jeffries' obscenely enormous warchest:

On June 11, 2012, former Mayor Ed Koch, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Councilman David Greenfield, Assemblyman Dov Hikind gathered with several other elected officials to support Jeffries and denounce his opponent in the Democratic primary, Charles Barron. Barron was described as anti-Semitic, and his support of Zimbabwe ruler Robert Mugabe and former Libya ruler Muammar Gaddafi denounced. Barron responded that such attacks had not been raised when he spoke before Jewish groups in Brooklyn, and that his constituents were interested in discussing bread and butter issues not foreign policy.

So, looks like Jeffries will be a neoconservative in Congress as well as a neoliberal. For example, and no doubt pleasing his Israel-centered contributors, he's taken an all options open stand on the attack Iran issue.

P.S.2 -- There's one more issue in the campaign that is being distorted in places like a MoveOn e-mail, which supports Jeffries. It's about Barron's opposition to same-sex marriages. To make this quick, here's Wikipedia on that:

In November 2011, Barron said that he opposed same sex marriage, but at a June 2012 debate declined to state a position on the issue. Earlier, in 2010 while running for governor, Barron stated that he was a strong supporter of civil unions, adding, "I voted positively on all legislation in the City Council regarding civil union and gay rights. I believe homosexuals deserve equal protection under the law, like everyone else."
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hey fairleast, (0.00 / 0)
it's not a neo-conservative position to want to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. In fact it's a liberal position.

Nor is it neo-conservative to support Israel, it's totally liberal.

On the other hand your and Laura Psycho's outspoken support for Assad and the Iranian theocracy is insane. You're two nutjobs who ignore human rights violations as long as the violators are anti-US. You're two uber leftist liars who've rationalized the butchering of 15,000 in Syria. Laura Psycho called it "all very average" and told everyone to "stop hemming and hawing about the Syrian massacres". You blatantly and bizarrely lied about how many attended a pro-Assad rally wanting to exaggerate his support among Syrians.

and dude, NY's a Jewish town to a large extent. Why do you think it's the greatest city on earth?


That Jews in NYC would oppose someone with Barron's foreign policy views is no surprise. David Duke has endorsed him for fucks sake. Nuff said.


You can fuck right off with that noise (0.00 / 0)
especially since it was your own heros doing the killing. Despite what Monkey Moon sez.

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excellent nonsense Laura Psycho! (0.00 / 0)
lost your meds?


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Turkey v. Syria (0.00 / 0)
Erdogan declares Syria an open threat to Turkey....

BEIRUT - Turkey warned Syria on Tuesday that it had given orders to commanders along its southern border to treat any Syrian military approach as a threat, further escalating tensions between the two neighbors in the wake of last week's downing of a Turkish plane by Syria.

The warning came as NATO issued a strong condemnation of Syria, saying the attack on the plane was "completely unacceptable" and stressing that NATO stands with Turkey "in the spirit of strong solidarity."

NATO did not propose any measures against Syria, but Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters in Brussels that the organization would closely monitor events along Turkey's southeastern border and would gather to "discuss what else will be done" should another such incident occur.

"It is my clear expectation that the situation won't continue to escalate," Rasmussen said. "What we have seen is a completely unacceptable act, and I would expect Syria to take all necessary steps to avoid such events in the future."

In a strongly worded speech in Ankara, Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the shooting of the plane was deliberate and that henceforth "any military approach to the Turkish border from the Syrian side will be perceived as a threat and will be dealt with accordingly."

This incident shows that Syria has become an open threat to Turkey, so we have come to a brand new stage," he told parliamentarians.

It is clear that Turkey plans no immediate military retaliation for the downing of the jet. But by changing its rules of engagement along the southern border, Ankara is putting Syria on notice and that it can no longer operate there with impunity, potentially curbing Syria's capacity to hunt down rebels active in the northern province of Idlib.

Smuggling routes between Turkey and Syria are used to secure supplies of weaponry and money by the rebel Free Syrian Army, whose leadership is based in a refugee camp in southern Turkey, one of the many sources of friction between Ankara and Damascus, the Syrian capital.

There have been numerous instances in recent months in which Syrian troops have fired into Turkey to target fleeing refugees, Erdogan said. He said Syrian helicopters have strayed into Turkish territory at least five times in pursuit of rebels, who are staging an uprising against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Turkey and Syria have offered sharply contradictory versions of what happened when the Turkish fighter jet was downed over the eastern Mediterranean on Friday. Turkey says the plane was in international airspace when it was struck by a missile; Syria says it was within a mile of the Syrian coast, in Syrian airspace, when it was targeted by anti-aircraft machine gun fire. The jet's two pilots have not been found.

Although the Turkish jet did briefly stray into Syrian airspace, "this kind of short-term border violation can never be regarded as a pretext for a hostile attack," Erdogan said.

The escalating tensions coincided with renewed reports of fighting between rebels and the Syrian security forces in the suburbs of Damascus. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 10 people had been killed.

The plane was over Syrian territory. (0.00 / 0)

That's what the BBC says:

Turkey says its military rules of engagement have changed after Syria shot down a Turkish plane that strayed into its territory.

Turkey also was non-confrontational about the incident, but after consulting with its U.S. master decided to make it a warmonger reason for a Sunni vs. Shiite religious war. Only people who hate the Arab peoples and want them to kill each other would celebrate U.S./Turkey warmongering.

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness, For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people, For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. -- A-Hep

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what a shame, (0.00 / 0)
Barron got thrashed....

Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries defeated Councilman Charles Barron in the Democratic primary for the 8th Congressional District last night, setting the stage for a general election battle against Republican businessman Alan Bellone and third party candidates in November.

Jeffries supporters outnumbered Barron supporters at the polls by a wide margin, with the victor racking up 25,712 (71.9 percent) votes to Barron's 10,063 (28.1 percent), according to the New York Times. It was one of the most well-attended elections in New York State last night, with more than 35,000 voters turning out  - putting it neck-and-neck with the much more widely promoted primary for Charles Rangel's seat.

Russia still backs Assad (0.00 / 0)

Russia: No backing for any plan that calls for Syria's Assad to step down

(CBS/AP) MOSCOW - Russia on Thursday said it would not endorse a call for Syrian President Bashar Assad to give up power and criticized as inappropriate claims that it had agreed to plans by international envoy Kofi Annan for a new national unity government in Syria that could include the opposition.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov insisted that major powers meeting Saturday in Geneva for talks on Syria must concentrate on convincing opposition groups to soften their demands. He also denied a claim by a senior U.S. official that Annan said Russia was among the backers of a plan for a new government to oversee the drafting of a new constitution and eventual elections.

"We are not supporting and will not support any external meddling," he said. "External players must not dictate ... to Syrians, but, first of all, must commit to influencing all the sides in Syria to stop the violence."

Diplomatic hopes have rested on Russia - Syria's most important ally, protector and supplier of arms - to agree to a plan that would end the Assad family dynasty, which has ruled Syria for more than four decades. But the country - one of the five permanent U.N. Security Council members along with Britain, China, France and the U.S. - has warned it would firmly oppose any document urging Assad to step down.

Moscow also has rejected efforts by outside forces to end the country's bloody conflict or any plan to force regime change in Damascus, insisting that any plans for the future rest entirely with Syria.

Syrian National Council spokesman George Sabra said Thursday that the SNC - the largest Syrian opposition group - "has not yet received the details of Annan's proposal about the transitional government and therefore it cannot respond to that proposal," but the SNC has flatly rejected any plan that fails to call for Assad's immediate removal from office.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking at a press conference in Riga, Latvia, during a European tour that will take her to Russia, said Thursday that "it was very clear from the invitations that were extended ... that people were coming on the basis of the transition plan that (Annan) had presented."

"I will discuss these issues with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in St. Petersburg tomorrow and then I look forward to participating in a meeting organized by Joint Special Envoy Annan in Geneva on Saturday," she said.

"We want this meeting in Geneva... to provide an opportunity to make real progress in supporting and implementing (Annan's) six-point plan and the roadmap for transition that he has laid down," she said.

It was not clear if Moscow has rejected Annan's plan altogether or has simply not agreed to its final form yet.

Russia apparently won't back a plan to oust that bloodthirsty beast from hell, Assad, from power. I mean blood is dripping down Assad's chin and all he can do is lick his lips!

Meanwhile, uber leftist liars undoubtedly support that position. Uber leftist liars, under no circumstances, want the Iran/Syria/Hezbollah axis messed with in any shape or form.


Assad the Baby Killer (0.00 / 0)
I do not understand or want to understand actually why dictatorships and criminal regimes target children and babies in their wars. I do not understand why El Assad regime continues in killing children and babies when it seems that we are close from huge intervention in Syria as far as I could tell from the developments in the area.

Yesterday there was another horrific massacre in Al Habeet village in Idlib , the helicopters of El Assad raided the area there killing and injured tens of civilians including many children as you will see in the horrible photos and videos posted after the break.

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no mercy (0.00 / 0)
Assad and his bloodthirsty goons have no mercy.....

Abu William is an old man who lives in Homs. From his name you will know that he is a Christian. Abu William's house was an icon in Homs on how he refused to his house and city after they have been shelled. From what I understood Abu William lives in the Christian populated neighborhood that was shelled and most of the people had to leave except very few including him.
He was another icon of resistance in the city with his white hair and his old age.

Abu William was arrested yesterday by El Assad forces after refusing to leave his house and for speaking to the citizen journalists online.

We are in the Neo Middle Ages (5.00 / 1)
The New Cruelty.  


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