Friday, March 02, 2007


Some of the News
That may be True


The Baltimore Sun reports that it appears that forebears of Barack Obama's white mother owned slaves, according to genealogical research and census records. This is somewhat of an odd counterbalance to the news that the great-grandfather of Rev. Al Sharpton had been a slave owned by a relative of Strom Thurmond.

On learning of his connection to Strom Thurmond, Mr. Sharpton had said only that he had always wondered why he had nightmares about Senator Thurmond. On the other hand, Senator Obama's headquarters released documents and data showing that the brother of the Senator's father had been held for eight years as slave to an Arab family.

Not to be left behind, several other politicians released information regarding their lineage.

Mitt Romney released a statement that his great-grandfather had been a good friend of William Lloyd Garrison.

In an interview, Hillary Clinton remarked that one member of her Rodham family in Chicago had been involved in the St. Valentines's day massacre. She added that, of course, Bill's ancestors had all been sharecroppers.

Senator Trent Lott announced that, indeed, his great-grandfather had owned slaves but that he had freed all 35 of them before the Emancipation Proclamation.

John McCain advised David Letterman that in years past the McCains had kept slaves and slaveowners out of Arizona by using fences and vigilantes.

President Bush said that in the 1800's, prior owners of the Crawford property had used slaves to clear brush. Now, he does it all himself. Mr. Bush also noted that neither his father nor his grandfather had used slaves on their Connecticut and Maine properties.

John Edwards said that his father had been a mill worker.

Thursday, March 01, 2007


Some of the News
That may be True


The discovery that one of Strom Thurmond's relatives once owned the Rev. Al Sharpton's great-grandfather came as a shock to Mr. Sharpton. It almost rendered him speechless.

Making a rapid recovery, Sharpton said that he intended to seek reparations from the family of Senator Thurmond, the noted segregationist. He pointed out that, unlike the general, toothless apology of the Virginia legislature, his family had a specific case of injury and the benefit to the Thurmonds. Not only that, but the ownership of Sharpton's great grandfather by Thurmond's ancester enabled Strom Thurmond to rise to a position where he caused continued damage to Sharpton and other blacks.

The family of Mr. Thurmond could not be reached for comment.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

At the Oscars, Al Gore won Best Documentary Oscar for "An Inconvenient Truth", a highly deserved award for an important film. Even a utility company in Texas got the global warming message.

A Gore/Obama ticket would be a shoo-in. But Gore won't get into this fray. Too bad; he's more relaxed now and wouldn't drone on about a Social Security "lockbox".