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REPUBLICAN RON PAUL PREDICTS A PRESIDENT OBAMA COME JANUARY

May 14, 2008

from empowertube.blogspot.com

Saturday, May 03, 2008(FROM LOS ANGELES TIMES)
Republican Ron Paul Predicts a President Obama Come January! Rep. Ron Paul, the House member from Texas who technically remains in the race for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination against Sen. John McCain, predicts that Democratic Sen. Barack Obama will be the next president of the United States. According to the campus newspaper of Maryland’s Goucher College, the 72-year-old Paul made the surprising statement during campaign remarks Thursday at a school presidential forum. Politics and Election Humor
“How about that presidential race? Hillary Clinton just won’t quit. Can you believe that, ladies and gentlemen? You have to admire somebody who, against all odds, just won’t quit. I mean, right now she has absolutely no chance whatsoever of being president, but she just won’t quit. And they’re running out of money. Hillary Clinton, God bless her, is running out of money. And today she was wearing a certified pre-owned pantsuit.”
–David Letterman

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BILLARY IS BUSY RIGGING AND TRYING TO BRIBE VOTERS TO TRY TO STEAL THE ELECTION FROM OBAMA! FROM ENPOWERTUBE.BLOGSPOT.COM

May 14, 2008

FROM empowertube.blogspot.com

Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Clinton Camp Passed Out ‘Street Cash’ In Hispanic, African American Districts – NYTimes

The payments, known in the political vernacular as “street money,” are a legal but controversial tool that Mrs. Clinton employed at a time when she was desperately seeking a victory after losing 10 consecutive contests to Mr. Obama. But they underscore how her strategists, caught unprepared for a drawn-out battle, turned to an old-style method of retail politicking to ensure much-needed victories in the suddenly critical primaries such as Texas and Ohio.

For instance, the Clinton campaign paid Ms. Espinoza and seven other members of her family $100 to $200 each to knock on doors, deliver fliers and get voters to the polls for the Democratic primary on March 4, which Mrs. Clinton narrowly won. The Espinozas were among at least 460 Texans, most of them rural Hispanics in South Texas or African-Americans in Houston, who received payments from the Clinton campaign for this kind of work, according to a review of Federal Election Commission records. The records show that Mrs. Clinton did something similar in Ohio, giving $38,300 to a state legislator, Eugene R. Miller, who says he used it to pay more than 200 people to get out the vote in predominantly black neighborhoods in Cleveland.

The Clinton campaign made payments of $80 to $125 to more than 200 people in Houston, and $100 to $200 to 170 people in the McAllen and Brownsville areas near the Mexican border. Whatever its effectiveness, street money is burdened with negative overtones stemming from accusations over the years that paid operatives have manipulated elderly voters in some elections or given people cash in exchange for their votes.

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COMPARE THIS WHITE MAN’S REVIEW IN VARIETY WITH THE NIGERIAN REVIEW OF “THE NARROW PATH” BASED ON BAYO ADEBOWALE’S GREAT BOOK “THE VIRGIN”

May 14, 2008

from variety.com
Variety Review of The Narrow Path:

The Narrow Path
(Nigeria)
By ROBERT KOEHLER
A Mainline Film and Television Prods. presentation (International sales: Mainline Film and Television Prods., Lagos.) Produced by Tunde Kelani. Directed, written by Tunde Kelani.

With: Sola Asedeko, Seyi Fasuyi, Eniola Olaniyan, Joke Muyiwa, Olu Okekanye, Ayo Badmus, Segun Adefila, Khabirat Kafidipe.

For a film that includes two rapes and the attempted torching of an entire village, Tunde Kelani’s “The Narrow Path” extends the filmmaker’s consistent ability to deliver low-budget films that have an affable, often jaunty, tone. As always with the leading voice in Nigeria’s independent video feature movement, storytelling takes the form of a fable — in this case, about a courtship that threatens to collapse before the wedding night, and the strife that ensues; events lead to a happy ending with a politically progressive message. A sure hitmaker locally and in West African venues, pic deserves fest programmers’ attention worldwide.
As important as Ousmane Sembene and Abderrhamane Sissako are to presenting African cinema beyond the continent, Kelani is arguably more influential than these two at home, and has played a key role in establishing one of Africa’s few real film industries in Nigeria (often dubbed “Nollywood”). Production, unlike classical Francophone co-productions, is largely homegrown, and with primary concern for playing to local auds.
While Kelani is hardly in Sembene’s or Sissako’s class as an artist, the sense of village life, relationships and politics in “The Narrow Path” equals and may well surpass a similar setting portrayed in Sembene’s recent village tale, “Moolaade.”
Facing the prospect of an ersatz bidding war among suitors in various nearby villages, pretty Awero (Sola Asedeko) whittles the candidates down to clumsy hunter Odejimi (Seyi Fasuyi) and effete rich man Lapade (Ayo Badmus), and settles on Odejimi. Dauda (Segun Adefila), a shady but charismatic fellow from the city (as Lagos is referred to here), seems ineffectual in his come-ons to Awero, until he rapes her one night in a remote corner of the village.
Odejimi, who has already had a somewhat comical faceoff with Lapade, accidentally shoots his rival in the jungle while hunting. Although no one buys blowhard Lapade’s true claim that Odejimi shot him, the incident has tainted Odejimi’s romantic vision of courtship and marriage. A culturally worse discovery on the wedding night sours him on life with his bride-to-be.
Kelani applies a fluid and casual filmmaking hand that invites the viewer to participate in the village folderol. Evincing a Shakespearean influence, dramatic conflict (men from the two villages are on the verge of war by the final act) is preceded by jolly comedy that introduces likable characters who simply want to lead happy lives, with a narrative leading inevitably to reconciliation conducted by women.
Just this side of annoyingly broad, the perfs Kelani draws out of his actors fully support the fable’s basic nature.
If there’s a continuing problem with Kelani’s movies, it’s a tendency for incredibly insipid, intrusive and low-grade synthesizer music on the soundtrack (by Seun Owoaje). Locations in Nigeria and Benin are used naturally, never for picture-postcard effect.
Camera (color/B&W, DV), Kelani, Lukaan Abdulrahman; editors, Mumin Wale Kelani, Frank Anore; music, Seun Owoaje; production designer, Kehinde Oyedepo; costume designer, Abiola Atanda; sound, Abimbola Ogunsanya, Fatai Izebe; assistant director, Olu Okekanye. Reviewed on videodisc, Los Angeles, Feb. 18, 2007. (In Pan African Film Festival.) Running time: 93 MIN.

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Date in print: Mon., Apr. 2, 2007, Weekly

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Eniola Olaniyan,
Fatai Izebe,
Frank Anore,
Joke Muyiwa,
Kehinde Oyedepo,
Khabirat Kafidipe,
Lukaan Abdulrahman,
Moolaade,
Mumin Kelani,
Olu Okekanye,
Ousmane Sembene,
Segun Adefila,
Seun Owoaje,
Seyi Fasuyi,
Sola Asedeko,
Tunde Kelani

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BAYO ADEBOWALE’S GREAT AFRICAN NOVEL “THE VIRGIN” HAS BEEN MADE INTO A FILM (FOR THE SECOND TIME) BY TUNDE KELANI
FROM naijarules.com
Who stole the ‘purity’ of this innocent girl?
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By Akeem Lasisi
Published: Friday, 4 Jan 2008
Tunde Kelani’s latest film, The Narrow Path, which he adapted from Bayo Adebowale’s novel, The Virgin, takes Nollywood closer to the ideal. One query that many Nigerian films have not been able to answer borders on how appropriately they have been able to represent or portray the realities of our society. But somehow, Tunde Kelani once again cleverly answers that in The Narrow Path, one of the films that kicked off the 2007 movie season in the country. Only that – well, if observing this matters at all – the 1: 38 minutes movie takes the viewer to some 100 years back in time.
Asedeko (Awero)
The Narrow Path is the story of Awero, a village belle, who, by the virtue of her unadulterated beauty, becomes the toast of several men who want her hand in marriage. At least, three men – hunter Odejinmi, moneybags Lapade and Dauda the sex monger – persistently express their desires accordingly.
Set in Orita Village, where the mud-house home of Awero’s father, Jibosa, (played by a veteran actor, Olu Okekanye) and his wife become a sort of Mecca where men pay homage to secure the heart of their daughter, actions move to Agbede and Aku, which are Odejinmi’s and Lapade’s villages respectively.
As each of Odejinmi and Lapade push their desires to have Awero, (Sola Asedeko) they clash openly occasionally. The two rivals adopt different approaches to achieve their desires: Odejinmi exercises restraint, preaching love to Awero, while Lapade is eager to flaunt his wealth. Yet, unknown to the two, there is Dauda, the Lagos boy, who is also surreptitiously enticing the lady with ‘city gifts’ such as Saturday Night Powder, Nku Cream and a big mirror. Along the line, Dauda – played by the leader of Crown Troupe of Africa, Dauda Adefila – forces Awero to an unholy and abominable bed where he rapes her and forcefully ‘disflowers’ her. Although he runs back to Lagos immediately afterwards, it is the abominable act that fast-tracks the conflict that pushes Orita and Agbede villages to the very narrow path of war.
The forced exit of Awero’s innocence is the beginning of a suspense and dramatic irony on which the success of the film largely rests. After the Awero family has given Odejinmi a nod, the process leading to the marriage becomes swift. Odejinmi endlessly dreams about the first night – which every villager is also eager to celebrate, as is the custom – when he will go into Awero and turn her into a woman. In the months that precede the traditional wedding, however, misery, depression and nightmares have become the lot of Awero, who cannot imagine the shame that will befall her and her parents when everyone gets to know that she is ‘a broken pot’.
Although The Narrow Path centrally celebrates marital processes in the traditional Yoruba setting, Kelani configures the plot in such a manner that every aspect of it drips with a message. It is a film in which costuming and language tell a story, for instance. Awero and her friends – among whom is Kabirat Kafidipe, popularly called Arapa-re-Gagan, based on the role she played in Kelani’s Saworo Ide – tie only wrappers round their virgin bodies. They don’t wear bras, for example. Yet, the wrappers are tied so tight that the girls feel safe, thus reminding the viewer of the days of guarded innocence.
Kelani further scores a point in his casting. He parades the likes of Okekanye, Seyi Fasuyi, Eniola Olaniyan, Joke Muyiwa, Lere Paimo, Olofa Ina, Mama Rainbow and Ayo Badmus who are able to blend into the rural environment of the film. Where he needs a clownish sanitary inspector, he goes for Papa Ajasco. And where a city girl/education officials required, he goes for Bukky Wright.
It is a good thing that The Narrow Path is subtitled. But there seems to be a puzzle here. The film is rendered in English. Yet, it is sub-titled in English. It is true that Bayo Adebowale’s novel, The Virgin, which is the parent script, is in English. But even if The Narrow Path has to be in the same language, why not subtitle it in Yoruba or French?
Also, in the film, Dauda wears a dreadlock. Some may want to argue that dreadlocks were not a popular sight at the time the story is depicting.
Although The Narrow Path also scores a point in bringing out the versatility of the several ‘Yoruba’ actors and actresses who now act in the ‘English’ movie, an actor such as Badmus fails to totally escapes the cross of mannerism even in his deformed state in the movie. At some points, his gesticulations are too close to what one had seen from him in other films he had acted in.
Beyond such observations, however, The Narrow Path, despite its moderate budget and the simplicity in its setting, fulfils the ambition of any standard film in terms of the significance of its message and entertainment value.
Who stole the purity of this innocent girl?
posted by Uyiuyi, on April l,2008

Sunday, April 20, 2008
The Narrow Path
Tunde Kelani’s film deals with an extremely touchy subject

Written by Laura Adibe Photography by NGEX website

What is admirable about Nollywood film is the ability by its filmmakers to put together films on moderate budgets with quick turnarounds. Kelani’s film, done on a moderate budget, pieces together a story with a very important message. The Narrow Path deals with such issues as rape, marriage, and innocence.
Tunde Kelani’s film in which he wrote, directed, produced and even partly shot has screened in numerous festivals such as the Women of Color Arts & Film Festival and the New York African Film Festival. The film, an adaptation of Bayo Adebowale’s novel, The Virgin and a sequel to The White Handkerchief follows protagonist, Awero (Sola Asedeko) , who must choose between three suitors who wish to have her hand in marriage. Her wedding night is transformed when she must cope with a shameful secret line that places her in an awkward position between shame and honor.

“I WOULDN’T HAVE MINDED A MAN WITH 10 OR 15 WIVES” SAYS YORUBA(NIGERIAN)ACTRESS NIKE PELLER IN THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER(NIGERIA)

May 14, 2008

FROM punchng.com

Published 5/10/2008 3:59:00 AM

I wouldn’t have minded a man with 10 or 15 wives–Nike Peller

Adeola Balogun

As a daughter of the late magician, Professor Abiola Peller, Nike Peller, no doubt is a very popular actress especially in the Yoruba genre. However, in an industry where marriages are often the subject of headlines, the light complexioned actress has opted for a quiet marriage.

Her reasons?

“If I should marry a socialite, I suspect it might not work because I know the kind of person I am. You know, being a popular artiste is another kettle of fish entirely. You know too that my father used to be very popular while he was alive. It had really bothered me for a long time but I thank God for answering my prayers with the kind of man he gave me. He is so easygoing, does not want noise and allows me to focus on my job without distraction.”

She said her beau never knew she was an actress before he approached her.

“I must tell you that we just met in a normal way. Funnily enough, he did not know anything about me when we met. Even though I had been very popular on the screen before he met me, he was not aware of anyone called Nike Peller. In fact, when I told him that I was Nike Abiola, he asked which of the Abiolas. Incidentally, he said he was a classmate of my brother, Kayode Abiola Peller. It was later that I told him that I was an actress and he didn’t care. I must tell you that getting someone like that on a neutral level suits my kind of life; it gives me the confidence that he got hooked to me as I am, not because of what I am. You know there are some men out there whose target is to date actresses they watch on the screen and dump them afterwards. They take delight in counting their conquests among the popular artistes around.”

But before she got hooked to her man, Peller told Spectacles that she had about two relationships, which did not work out.

She said, “I would say I had two relationships, one in England and one in Nigeria here. I believe that, perhaps, God did not want them to work. One of the reasons for the break ups was hearsay. You know we are always on locations and when you cannot trust the person you are going out with, the relationship is meaningless. If a man tells you that he is at Oyingbo, believe him if you don’t want to give yourselves unnecessary stress. That was what happened with the guy in England then. For the guy in Nigeria, I think it was more of his family background. He is a Christian while I am a Muslim, maybe his family didn’t want him to get married to a Muslim. But that does not really matter, whether you are a Muslim or a Christian does not really matter, what I want is where I can get happiness. My present man is a Christian but he understands everything about me. We relate like a brother and sister, I am always happy around him. The guy trusts me and I trust him.”

Peller does not mind getting married to a polygamous man so far she is happy.

“As a Muslim, I can get married to someone who has 10, 15 wives so far I am happy with him, it is between him and me. That is no big deal.”

As an actress, Peller does not see any reason why everyone should see women who act as a wayward bunch.

According to her, “I don’t allow this actress thing or stardom to get into my head. Let me tell you something, there are some things I cannot do as an actress because of my name. After my job, the next thing is my home. No matter what, a wife should be submissive to her husband even if she is a millionaire. You know, I am a Muslim and in Islam, you have to submit yourself to your man even if you are the richest woman on earth.”

Sometimes back, his brother who is now a bishop of Fingers of God Ministry, Kayode Abiola Peller dismissed as fake the magic their late father was famous for. He said what his father was doing and which he also practised, was nothing but deception. But Nike would hear none of that.

She said, “He cannot say that because it worked. I would say that my father was only entertaining the crowd in his own way. I am not surprised that you said my brother called my father’s magic fake. He is now a pastor and believes that the old things have gone away. My brother then was involved in it, in fact he was then known as Young Peller. We used to travel together to perform magic everywhere, but now that he is born again, no problem. All what I know is that my father was the greatest man in his lifetime. He was known all over the world because of his wonderful magic. He handled it professionally together with his family.”

After the demise of the late magician, none of his numerous children continued in his line of trade despite the fact that they were all involved in the business while the patriarch was alive. Nike Peller told Spectacles the reason.

“You cannot practise magic all alone. When Professor Peller was alive, most of the children were much younger and it was easy for him to involve us in his trade. It was a family thing. But now, we have grown and are scattered all over the world. That is why it is not easy for any of us to continue. If by tomorrow someone says he wants to start, he will have to recruit either his family, train them or get people around. It is a very serious business. All the instruments are still intact; nobody has touched them. But what I think has happened is that people have moved on, they no longer believe in the stunts. But while the man was alive, he did his best entertaining his fans.”

With her brother, Kayode, the actress told Spectacles that they explored the world of magic before something ugly happened: Their magic failed them and the young Peller got involved in drugs until he got born again. But the actress recalled that it was much fun while the party lasted. She described her father as the best father who made sure that his children enjoyed fatherly love despite being a polygamous man with many children.

“Even if you were not his child, you were treated same way. That is why then, there were so many people, Igbo, Hausa, name it, that my father catered for. He was kind-hearted and generous to a fault. We lived in a very big environment. There was peace in the family. The role Otunba Toyin is playing now is what he inherited from our father; he will call up everyone to find out what is happening to everyone. Otunba Toyin is our first born, he lives in Ibadan. If he is coming now, you will think it is our father that is coming, he so much looks like him,” she said.

Peller has been described as one of the actresses that bleached their skin. But she told Spectacles that those who wrote that did not know her family.

She said, “Thank God you know my brother, the pastor. We are all light skinned in our house. How can anyone say I bleached my skin? I am naturally light in complexion. Those who say I bleached don’t know us. Look at me very well. Do I look like someone who bleached? I don’t know whether you have met someone who bleached, you will see some patches here and there which I don’t have. If they have said I tone my skin, yes, what is wrong in that? It is normal for a light complexioned person to tone her skin a little, which I do.”

Even though she admitted that entertainment flows naturally in every Peller child, Peller told Spectacles that she was taught how to act.

“I started acting while in the primary school. The man that taught me how to sing, dance and act is still alive. He is Mr Dokun Awolere, a newscaster at LTV8, Ikeja. He used to be my teacher in the primary school and I am very proud of him. But coming to acting in the real sense of it, I was in school, Institute of Technology, in Akure in 1987 when a friend of mine asked me to come for auditioning. I told them that I had lectures unless they wanted to shift it for me till weekend. I remember very well that I was paid three thousand naira then because I played the lead role. The film was Aye Lu. I appeared in Mosebolatan by Baba Sala but I was among the crowd. I remember that Baba used to perform magic with Baba Sala then in Ibadan.”

Peller told Spectacles that she worked hard to be in the reckoning of producers, her background notwithstanding. She recalled her journey into the acting world when she met the likes of Alade Aromire, Yinka Quadri and the like.

She said, “I tell people that I was invited to the industry, not that I lobbied or did something nasty to get roles, no. I did not date anyone in the industry. Before I became one of them, I had been close to most of those in charge then. The likes of Oga Bello, who was my in law. Some people did not know that I was not the one married to him, it was my sister, Idiat Peller, though she is late now.”

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“WHY OBAMA BEAT CLINTON–AND WHY HE’LL BEAT MCCAIN TOO” BY JOHN ESKOW AT HUFFINGTONPOST.COM

May 9, 2008

from huffingtonpost.com

John Eskow

Flawed Messengers and Wooden Soldiers: Why Obama Beat Clinton — and Why He’ll Beat McCain, Too
Posted May 8, 2008 | 10:48 PM (EST)

Despite the endless pontificating on TV, in the end it didn’t come down to sideshow jive like the Reverend Wright Imbroglio or the Great Sniper Fire Lie. It didn’t come down to micro-demographics, or gas prices, or the war in Iraq. Incredibly enough, it didn’t even come down to the issues of race and gender. No — in the end, I believe, it all came down to a hard-to-pinpoint, rarely discussed, but desperately important matter: the personal authenticity of two human beings.

Let me digress for a second, though it’s not really digressing. The impetus for this piece actually came this morning, as I tried to keep my eyes open watching John McCain on TV. I do not recommend this as a morning regimen. Try it. You’ll feel an overwhelming desire to crawl back under the covers. To the degree that you can force yourself to watch him sleepwalking around the dais and spouting empty syllables, you’ll find yourself wondering about peripheral issues. Like: why does a man who seems to be simmering with rage use the phrase “my friends” so compulsively? What’s the real skinny on that lacquered blond lobbyist? And how did they finesse the payoff he got from the Keating Five? Somehow, the man himself is just…not there.

He’s a Wooden Soldier.

But that’s the thing about McCain. It’s not just that his so-called “straight talk” is obviously badly-bent nonsense. Stylistically as well as politically, he’s everything wrong, everything wooden, everything false. Like Clinton, he seems to be missing a core, and that lack of authenticity makes every word he says immediately forgettable (unless it’s so dumb as to lodge sideways in the mind, like the Hundred Years War threat or his Bomb Iran joke.)

Unfortunately for Clinton, she campaigned as a Wooden Soldier, too.

By the seventeenth time she claimed to have found, or re-found, or re-re-found her true “voice” — first she was the Imperious and Inevitable One, then she was the nice-nice I’m-So-Honored One, followed (a day later!) by the Hateful Vicious Shame-On-You One, and still later the Weirdly Sarcastic The Skies-Will-Open One, and then the Shot-and-a-Beer Working-Class One, so dang down-home that you expected the next photo-op to show her smoking crystal meth in a trailer park — until finally, with the Gas-Tax-Holiday Fake Populist One, she exhausted all the possibilities — and exhausted the patience of America, too.

Meanwhile, Obama remained Obama. Quiet when called for, inspiring when given the chance, and once in a while a little obnoxious (remember when he told Hillary “you’re likable enough?” I mean, admittedly she kind of asked for it, but it was pretty gratuitous.) In short: a human being. For me, a pivotal moment–unremarked-on by the robotic pundits on TV — came in Obama’s second Reverend Wright speech. I’m paraphrasing here, but he said it was crucial to remember the core meaning of his campaign, “even if the messenger is flawed.”

Even if the messenger is flawed.

Here’s a game that’s zany fun for the whole family: try to imagine Senator Clinton saying such a thing.

That’s right: never happen — unless…

Unless Mark Penn told her that polling showed there was some kind of Flawed-Messenger Demographic out there yet to be milked for votes.

And here’s zany family game #2: try to imagine Obama getting in front of the TV cameras on a night that gutted his entire campaign, pasting a transparently phony smile on his face, and crowing “it’s on to the White House!” as Michelle and the kids fought off tears on the podium behind him…

Never.

I think people relate deeply to the concept of The Flawed Messenger, because who among us is not one–in our family-life, our work, our spiritual pursuits? Being a Flawed Messenger is innately heroic (the Messenger part) but also deeply humbling (the Flawed part) — all in all, a perfectly respectable thing to be. And I believe that on some psychic level, people torn between Clinton and Obama felt more comfortable voting for a man who confessed to being a Flawed Messenger — not just in the speech, but in the way he carried himself.

Clinton’s ultimate gift, among many, to Obama was obviously the Gas Tax Holiday. It nailed down her credentials as a Wooden Soldier — the epitome of the old-fashioned, say-anything, 20th-century politician. She went once too often to the voters-are-dullards well, and it finally pissed them off.

It’s a mistake McCain will make, too, because like Clinton he just can’t help it. Part of it is generational. Clinton and McCain came of age in a Nixonian universe — and there has never been a more Wooden Soldier than Nixon. (In my own personal dictionary, when you look up Wooden Soldier, there’s a photo of Nixon doing his ghoulish two-handed V-For-Victory salute.) And part of it is a choice, based on an outmoded belief that voters want an Impregnable Persona instead of a genuine human being.

But, in the early part of the 21st Century, that choice is dead wrong. The Democratic runoff proved it — and (you heard it here, folks!) it will be proved once again, thank God, in November, when Obama defeats John McCain and becomes our next president.

NOTE: An earlier version of this piece contained a description of McCain’s unique microphone-style that a few readers took as a reference to his war-related injuries. While obviously that was not my intent, and I would never do such a thing, I’ve removed it anyway–Flawed-Messenger style–because I don’t want to derail the real conversation. Some remaining comments below may refer to the earlier version.

AFRICAN VIRGINITY:”WHO STOLE THE ‘PURITY’ OF THIS INNOCENT GIRL?”-A REVIEW OF “THE NARROW PATH”,BASED ON BAYO ADEBOWALE’S GREAT AFRICAN NOVEL “THE VIRGIN”

May 7, 2008

from naijarules.com

Who stole the ‘purity’ of this innocent girl?

posted by 01-04-2008, 11:52 AM
uyiuyi

Who stole the ‘purity’ of this innocent girl?

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By Akeem Lasisi
Published: Friday, 4 Jan 2008
Tunde Kelani’s latest film, The Narrow Path, which he adapted from Bayo Adebowale’s novel, The Virgin, takes Nollywood closer to the ideal. One query that many Nigerian films have not been able to answer borders on how appropriately they have been able to represent or portray the realities of our society. But somehow, Tunde Kelani once again cleverly answers that in The Narrow Path, one of the films that kicked off the 2007 movie season in the country. Only that – well, if observing this matters at all – the 1: 38 minutes movie takes the viewer to some 100 years back in time.

Asedeko (Awero)

The Narrow Path is the story of Awero, a village belle, who, by the virtue of her unadulterated beauty, becomes the toast of several men who want her hand in marriage. At least, three men – hunter Odejinmi, moneybags Lapade and Dauda the sex monger – persistently express their desires accordingly.

Set in Orita Village, where the mud-house home of Awero’s father, Jibosa, (played by a veteran actor, Olu Okekanye) and his wife become a sort of Mecca where men pay homage to secure the heart of their daughter, actions move to Agbede and Aku, which are Odejinmi’s and Lapade’s villages respectively.

As each of Odejinmi and Lapade push their desires to have Awero, (Sola Asedeko) they clash openly occasionally. The two rivals adopt different approaches to achieve their desires: Odejinmi exercises restraint, preaching love to Awero, while Lapade is eager to flaunt his wealth. Yet, unknown to the two, there is Dauda, the Lagos boy, who is also surreptitiously enticing the lady with ‘city gifts’ such as Saturday Night Powder, Nku Cream and a big mirror. Along the line, Dauda – played by the leader of Crown Troupe of Africa, Dauda Adefila – forces Awero to an unholy and abominable bed where he rapes her and forcefully ‘disflowers’ her. Although he runs back to Lagos immediately afterwards, it is the abominable act that fast-tracks the conflict that pushes Orita and Agbede villages to the very narrow path of war.

The forced exit of Awero’s innocence is the beginning of a suspense and dramatic irony on which the success of the film largely rests. After the Awero family has given Odejinmi a nod, the process leading to the marriage becomes swift. Odejinmi endlessly dreams about the first night – which every villager is also eager to celebrate, as is the custom – when he will go into Awero and turn her into a woman. In the months that precede the traditional wedding, however, misery, depression and nightmares have become the lot of Awero, who cannot imagine the shame that will befall her and her parents when everyone gets to know that she is ‘a broken pot’.

Although The Narrow Path centrally celebrates marital processes in the traditional Yoruba setting, Kelani configures the plot in such a manner that every aspect of it drips with a message. It is a film in which costuming and language tell a story, for instance. Awero and her friends – among whom is Kabirat Kafidipe, popularly called Arapa-re-Gagan, based on the role she played in Kelani’s Saworo Ide – tie only wrappers round their virgin bodies. They don’t wear bras, for example. Yet, the wrappers are tied so tight that the girls feel safe, thus reminding the viewer of the days of guarded innocence.

Kelani further scores a point in his casting. He parades the likes of Okekanye, Seyi Fasuyi, Eniola Olaniyan, Joke Muyiwa, Lere Paimo, Olofa Ina, Mama Rainbow and Ayo Badmus who are able to blend into the rural environment of the film. Where he needs a clownish sanitary inspector, he goes for Papa Ajasco. And where a city girl/education officials required, he goes for Bukky Wright.

It is a good thing that The Narrow Path is subtitled. But there seems to be a puzzle here. The film is rendered in English. Yet, it is sub-titled in English. It is true that Bayo Adebowale’s novel, The Virgin, which is the parent script, is in English. But even if The Narrow Path has to be in the same language, why not subtitle it in Yoruba or French?

Also, in the film, Dauda wears a dreadlock. Some may want to argue that dreadlocks were not a popular sight at the time the story is depicting.

Although The Narrow Path also scores a point in bringing out the versatility of the several ‘Yoruba’ actors and actresses who now act in the ‘English’ movie, an actor such as Badmus fails to totally escapes the cross of mannerism even in his deformed state in the movie. At some points, his gesticulations are too close to what one had seen from him in other films he had acted in.

Beyond such observations, however, The Narrow Path, despite its moderate budget and the simplicity in its setting, fulfils the ambition of any standard film in terms of the significance of its message and entertainment value.

Who stole the purity of this innocent girl?

RECLAIMING THE AFRICAN VALUE OF VIRGINITY: A REVIEW OF”THE NARROW PATH” A FILM BASED ON BAYO ADEBOWALE’S NOVEL

May 7, 2008

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Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Narrow Path
Tunde Kelani’s film deals with an extremely touchy subject

Written by Laura Adibe Photography by NGEX website

What is admirable about Nollywood film is the ability by its filmmakers to put together films on moderate budgets with quick turnarounds. Kelani’s film, done on a moderate budget, pieces together a story with a very important message. The Narrow Path deals with such issues as rape, marriage, and innocence.

Tunde Kelani’s film in which he wrote, directed, produced and even partly shot has screened in numerous festivals such as the Women of Color Arts & Film Festival and the New York African Film Festival. The film, an adaptation of Bayo Adebowale’s novel, The Virgin and a sequel to The White Handkerchief follows protagonist, Awero (Sola Asedeko) , who must choose between three suitors who wish to have her hand in marriage. Her wedding night is transformed when she must cope with a shameful secret line that places her in an awkward position between shame and honor.

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BILLARY’S PRESS STILL PLAYING THE WRIGHT RACE CARD:THIS WHITE MAN ANSWERS THEM.FROM HUFFINGTONPOST.COM

April 30, 2008

from huffingtonpost.com

Tom D’Antoni

Obama — Acting Positively Presidential
Posted April 29, 2008 | 04:40 PM (EST)

In the past week, the media sharks have been swimming around Barack Obama, the Republican vultures and their surrogates in the Clinton campaign flying overhead ready to devour. What has been Obama’s reaction? Calm, thoughtful, reasoned responses.

He has not lost his cool. He has looked positively presidential. He hasn’t threatened to wipe another country and all of its innocent men women and children off the map, as Clinton has, either.

He has responded to the Wright shitstorm in a proper and dignified manner…just the opposite of the snarling, hate-filled attacks on him. And the attacks are coming from all sides. Why do you think that is?

It is because he has offered hope instead of fear, reasoned proposals for dealing with the problems we face, and a realistic perception of the country and the world.

I know many of us have been despairing one minute and angry the next as the onslaught has escalated. We are up against evil, let’s face it. The powers that rule will do anything to prevent change, and I mean anything.

I stayed away from the 24 hour news channels for a day and found myself thinking that their aggregate audience, if applied to one prime-time sitcom or cop show would cause that sitcom or cop show to be cancelled inside of a month. Most people don’t watch them. They are a closed circle. One Obama has stepped outside of.

Compare the two news conferences we saw today, the angry, petulant, inarticulate, lie-filled Bush performance vs. Obama on Wright. Which guy looked presidential to you?

Americans made the mistake of voting for a dope they could have a beer with. Many are making the same mistake with Clinton. Obama’s cool cuts through all the bulls—. He is calm and reassuring. He doesn’t pander. He looks presidential.

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mydogshakespeare See Profile I’m a Fan of mydogshakespeare
Actually, I have NEVER thought of George W. Bush as “presidential”. Sure, he has the title, and all, but “presidential”? Not for a poser like him; no way!

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 07:02 AM on 04/30/2008
MinneapolisBob See Profile I’m a Fan of MinneapolisBob
We have a Presidential candidate in Sen. Obama who looks the part, can present himself extremely well, can represent OUR country better than any of the thee left running for the office, and will be respected around the world by our allies; and friends of the U.S.

On the other hand, we currently have a man who is still learning on the job (after over seven years). He still doesn’t look the part, can’t present himself well if his life depended on it, and embarrasses us when he tries to represent OUR country. He virtually has no respect from citizens around the world.

The irony: If Sen. Obama was white, he would win the candidacy in a landslide. If george w. bush was black, he wouldn’t be president. This is what it means to be black or white in America.
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VOTE! Our freemdoms, rights and liberties are in danger. Remember the Supreme Court.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 06:45 AM on 04/30/2008
Manx See Profile I’m a Fan of Manx
I agree. I stopped watching the tabloid CNN because of their saturation coverage about Rev. Wright, a largely manufactured issue. I’ve noticed that before every primary, CNN emphasizes negatives about Obama and overlooksf the weaknesses of Clinton and McCain. CNN will pose a question like, “Is Obama electable without the support of blue-collar workers?” I never hear them ask: “Is Hillary Clinton electable with the highest negative rating of any other presidential candidate?” They never mention the pastor McCain sought out for an endorsement, John Hagee of San Antonio, who said that Catholics are the “whores of religion.” Biased CNN has become the most untrusted name in news.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 02:10 AM on 04/30/2008
BlackmaninAmerica See Profile I’m a Fan of BlackmaninAmerica
The media are really afraid of Obama. This is painful to watch. I am going to pray for my country (what’s left of it at least).

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 01:58 AM on 04/30/2008
BlackmaninAmerica See Profile I’m a Fan of BlackmaninAmerica
Why are we still talking about Wright? Obama distanced himself from him. Can we get back on issues? I just paid another $50 to fill up my gas tank, Wright saying G-d America had nothing to do with that and if Obama were elected, Wright still wouldn’t have anything do with that. We are falling into the GOP track hook, line and sinker.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 01:56 AM on 04/30/2008
not one of the sheep See Profile I’m a Fan of not one of the sheep
Because he won’t shut up. It doesn’t have anything to do with the repubs, it has to do with Wright wanting to stroke his ego at any cost, even that of Obama losing the presidency. Be a good “christian” and HUMBLE yourself Wright.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 07:34 AM on 04/30/2008
lafrance See Profile I’m a Fan of lafrance
We haven’t had presidential in decades.
But, when you vote for a president based on his bubba factor in beer brats and lack of class that is what you get.
You cannot honestly think you will get someone who can even play like he’s president or have the dignity of one when the press is harping on their requirement for the job. Beer.
If someone actually acted like a real president and had the brains, the class and dignity of one, the voters are told he’s elitist and therefore should not be elected.
What do you expect when the press is continuing to impress on the average voter that someone like Larry the Cable Guy is the ideal role model to base your choice on.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 11:52 PM on 04/29/2008
doc1400 See Profile I’m a Fan of doc1400
Comparing Bushie with Obama is not a fair comparison.
Witness that Bushie was a cheerleadear at Yale. His family bought his place in his class.
Bushie will be known as, one of the worst, if not the worst president in U.S. History.
Bushie is one dumb shit. And very reckless.
Bushie is not only intellectually challanged he is very stubborn. A lethal combination.

Obama on the other hand is educated, committed to the service of the U.S.
Chooses his words carfully, and says more in one sentence than Bushie can read in a paragraph.
Finally, Obama is extremely intelligent and honest. Bushie is into deception and is a political hack.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 11:32 PM on 04/29/2008
BigBen See Profile I’m a Fan of BigBen
Remember Romney Senior?

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 11:17 PM on 04/29/2008
BlackmaninAmerica See Profile I’m a Fan of BlackmaninAmerica
That view interview was before Wright made his performance.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 01:53 AM on 04/30/2008
Shaddup See Profile I’m a Fan of Shaddup
I’ve noticed O’bama takes questions from non-prescreened people in the audience. Boy do I missed that.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 10:34 PM on 04/29/2008
AjicNYC See Profile I’m a Fan of AjicNYC

yeah I missed it too!!

Posted 12:37 AM on 04/30/2008
pagopago See Profile I’m a Fan of pagopago

it is so sad that you have not learned that you do not serve your candidate well as a supporter when you persist in your campaign to malign Obama. When will you learn that you are only reminding others of all that is wrong with Rodham Clinton with your plot.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 01:28 AM on 04/30/2008
atienne See Profile I’m a Fan of atienne
Excellent, Excellent article!! When I came in the house today, CNN was on and they were showing Obama on tv and it was like I was WATCHING the President! Dignified, calm, civil even in disagreement. If we ever needed a President like that, it’s NOW! People who think otherwise need to think outside of their bubble for just a few minutes and realize just how Obama is!

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 10:25 PM on 04/29/2008
dadele See Profile I’m a Fan of dadele
you obviously didn’t see the Rev. Wright performance at the Washington Press Club yesterday?

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 11:14 PM on 04/29/2008
SLal See Profile I’m a Fan of SLal
Of course I did see it, and it’s the same Wright that we know and love, thanks to youtube. The only thing that Wright said that made it clear to Obama that he was trying to “hurt his campaign” was that Obama was a politician. Are we supposed to believe that to be the tipping point? That Obama is a politician is an overstatement of the obvious, but Wright certainly said nothing more controversial on other topics than he’s been saying for the past 20 years.

Somebody stop him – there goes Obama’s grandmother next!
Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 01:57 AM on 04/30/2008
kontar1 See Profile I’m a Fan of kontar1
I think once again Obama has said how he feels about his pastors statement now if anyone talks about it that tell you where they are coming from.
Why has nothing been said about Hillarys person being responsible for Rev Wrights coming to the press club.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 10:23 PM on 04/29/2008
pacats See Profile I’m a Fan of pacats
There is no reason to go after Hillary. She is not in the lead. The corporate owned cable networks do not want Obama to win, and are going full force after him. Hillary, McCain and the republicans have their full concentration on collapsing Obama’s chance as the nominee.

Obama is half white and half african. He represents the best of what America has to offer. Full circle.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 02:12 AM on 04/30/2008
desmirl See Profile I’m a Fan of desmirl
The only comparison one can make to Bush is the kid you knew back in high school that was DETERMINED not to learn a thing from any of his teachers. He just sat there, angry at everyone around him, bored to death with the lessons, his mind closed to anything new. After hours, he and his friends would look around for trouble to get into and people to beat up. (He didn’t even know that it’s bad form to end a sentence with a preposition – but aren’t rules there to be broken?)

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 10:04 PM on 04/29/2008
lafrance See Profile I’m a Fan of lafrance
I see the very unreasoned hate filled comments here tonight. There is no reasoned discussion. Just hateful rants full of nastiness and petulance.
This is what the past 20 years has done to our society and why Obama scares so many people. He simply is not one of the rabid dogs that spew like on here.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 10:02 PM on 04/29/2008
Lisette See Profile I’m a Fan of Lisette
OF COURSE OBAMA IS PRESIDENTIAL.

And speaking of Bush….
Why does no one ever mention that
Bush is OBVIOUSLY
repeating what someone is telling him in his ear……..

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 10:01 PM on 04/29/2008
Soulsurfer See Profile I’m a Fan of Soulsurfer
Not fair to compare Bush with anyone…….he’s in his own class of delusional fantasy…..okay, maybe he’s comparable to Britney, but hey, Obama? Next.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 09:41 PM on 04/29/2008
AjicNYC See Profile I’m a Fan of AjicNYC
those are GOOD points!!

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 12:38 AM on 04/30/2008
tel8034 See Profile I’m a Fan of tel8034
Obviously MCMan has no problem with the economy, the Iraq war, health care, high gas prices, home foreclosures etc., because his entire focus is on the banal and the ridiculous.

I thought this election was to be about ISSUES and not PROPAGANDA AND POLITRICKS,

Or it may be the case that MCMan does not have a life to be so consumed on such a trivial matter that has been blown up out of proportion by the MSM who need ratings to stay in business.

If this is the only kind of baggage they can find on Obama, as compared to that of Clinton and McCain, then the Obama campaign really has nothing much to worry about.

Obama DIVORCED Wright today, so what is left to talk about.

Since McMan now has time on his hands because Wright is now a non-issue, he needs to now focus on and explain Hagee et al + the bad temper + Keating + all of the flip flops + the senior citizen moments + the lobbyists running the campaign.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 09:58 PM on 04/29/2008
NCMan See Profile I’m a Fan of NCMan
i did see it and there was nothing in Wright’s performance this week-end that Obama wasn’t already aware of.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 10:06 PM on 04/29/2008
Shaddup See Profile I’m a Fan of Shaddup
NCMan, it must’ve been hard for you to fly to all those sermons in Chicago every weekend and follow O’bama around so that you could see everything he witnessed. How much is the Hillary campaign paying people to comment these days anyway?

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 10:38 PM on 04/29/2008
mexamerican See Profile I’m a Fan of mexamerican
ncman is pissed that he can’t do his anti-wright shtick much longer. no one cares.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 03:44 AM on 04/30/2008
mamacat See Profile I’m a Fan of mamacat
I have the feeling that Bush might make a half way decent slapstick comedian. Even when he is trying to be serious, he gives one the impression that he could launch into a song and dance routine at any moment. We have already had a “B” grade actor who became a president, why not the reverse?
Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 08:54 PM on 04/29/2008
pagopago See Profile I’m a Fan of pagopago
Shall we once again revisit all the sins of Rodham Clinton? Do you never tire of having others bring back all which would have been let go, had supporters like you not continue to smear and lie about Obama? Do you not realize that every time you choose to lie about Obama, all the facts that can be proven without a doubt about Rodham Clinton come front and center because of YOU? Or perhaps you don’t care. Perhaps in your rage to besmirch Obama, you inadvertently continue to draw people’s attention to the fact that Rodham Clinton has a near 70 percent negative and dishonesty rating.

Lies seem to be second nature to her and to her followers. Shall I review them again for you?
BOSNIA, AFRICA, IRELAND PEACE PROCESS, NAFTA/CAFTA, $800,000.00 from Colombia.

Before you choose in the future to repeat a lie, ask yourself, is it worth it to have everything about your candidate dredged up again, just so you have something to type? You are not doing your candidate any good if you were to stop and think things through, which I doubt very much you do.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 12:40 AM on 04/30/2008
pagopago See Profile I’m a Fan of pagopago
you have no points – your points only serve to antagonize the opposition into reminding everyone continually about Rodham Clinton’s flaws on the world stage. She will never gain the respect of world leaders because she has lied about being a major particpant in the Irish Peace Process and was called out on it.

All of Bosnia knows that she is a liar, do you really think that anyone in the world regards a liar with respect? Only people like you do, because it is obvious that you were raised to have no moral compass. Unlike most people, you are shallow and lack what most people use to guide their choices in life. It is sad for your parents that you have been stunted with your moral growth.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 01:32 AM on 04/30/2008
InjunTrouble See Profile I’m a Fan of InjunTrouble
All corporations and their minions (like Billary/McCain and most of the US Media) are running scared that Obama may be elected president and he will undo the corporatocracy they have successfully built over the last several decades.

The last president who represented the people over corporations was FDR (maybe LBJ) and all the insiders are worried sick that we may be going back to the days where people mattered more than corporations.

These insiders will be trying to tear down Obama till November and even later (if he gets elected)

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 08:50 PM on 04/29/2008
harriscrl3 See Profile I’m a Fan of harriscrl3
We always want to kill hope in this country both literally and figuratively. Its like some of us have accepted our mediocrity and wont aspire for more. Thats why he has trouble reaching the Bubba’s in PA and Ohio they’ve been indoctrinated by a C student president. Thankfully the same demographics in WI and VI are smarter but then again WI and VI are different states from PA and OH. Back to Obama he has shown leadership like NONE of the other candidates and he has had to do so because of merely guilt by association. Hilary Bosnia Lie came out of her LIPS. McCain gaffes and flubs came out his LIPS. On the other hand those words didnt come out of Obama lips they came out Rev Wright now you tell me how thats fair. And how this frenzy that the media has been on is fair. When they found out the guy went to a madrassa they were quick to say he is a terroist in training then they found out the school caters to all religion. You would think they would have been cautious about this witch hunt based on guilt by assoication but MSM is CORPORATE CONTROLLED. Never more has it been evident than in this election. Obama is a threat to their FASCIST goverment.

Carol

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 12:53 AM on 04/30/2008
pagopago See Profile I’m a Fan of pagopago
again, you have no substance to offer in your posts to support why you hold Rodham Clinton in such high esteem other than to tear down the candidate Obama. It does little for your case to lift up your candidate when you continually bring criticism of your candidate to the forefront by your negative and antagonistic approach to debating your candidates values.

Her flaws are pointed out again and again because you and your fellow supporters choose to attack Obama and his supporters, instead of highlighting what is good about Rodham Clinton, and as long as you follow that approach, you will continue to bring out every proven flaw in your candidate, until you learn to unify with positive approach and not ugly attacks on Obama, his supporters, his family, and his church.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 01:38 AM on 04/30/2008
BlueAsh See Profile I’m a Fan of BlueAsh
Well said!

Obama has held his cool, which must drive the Clintons crazy–it certainly drives some of their supporters crazy. As someone else pointed out in another post, the Clintons would love to run against a racist or a misogynist–that will give her a legitimate platform to stand on. Obama is neither, and Hillary finds herself having nothing serious to say–quite a quandary: to paraphrase Maureen Dowd, the Clintons have to club the baby seal to death in order to win.

In that context, Rev. Wright inadvertently provided the much needed fodder. So the media, the Clintons, and the Republicans are making a big deal out of this, as if this white-haired pastor, a former Marine, is a greater threat than the rising gasoline prices, the failing economy, the military quagmire in Iraq, Bin Ladin, Bosnia sniper fire, or Hillary’s plan to level Iran with nuclear bombs.

You are absolutely right: Obama scares these people . They want to destroy before the smoke dissipates and ordinary people come to their senses.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 09:54 PM on 04/29/2008
butchie65 See Profile I’m a Fan of butchie65
“Thanks,” I’m from Wisconsin and did vote for Obama.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 08:59 PM on 04/29/2008
Julie02 See Profile I’m a Fan of Julie02
No one’s Pastor should be brought into any election. If we do that, it is dangerous to future elections where the other party (and in Obama’s case, his own party) attempts to swiftboat using the Pastor as a weapon.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 05:27 PM on 04/29/2008
PackyJ See Profile I’m a Fan of PackyJ
Go back and re-read the post.
D’Antoni was speaking of Bush being the “dope they could have a beer with” and people making the same mistake with Clinton – a reference to her “shot and a beer” facade of rubbing elbows with the “common folk.”
Obama may look tired to you, but unlike Hillary, he has never made “being tired” an excuse for repeated lies about being “under sniper fire.”
The “love is blind” accurately describes your infatuation with Ms. Clinton.

Posted 09:01 PM on 04/29/2008
CapitalistRebel See Profile I’m a Fan of CapitalistRebel
What’s the difference between Hillary and McCain? They both voted for the war in Iraq, both against the banning of cluster bombs, and both are clearly ready to “obliterate” Iran. Sorry, just because someone claims to be a Democrat doesn’t mean they really are.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 08:52 PM on 04/29/2008
mexamerican See Profile I’m a Fan of mexamerican
exactly. anyone can see that shillary and mccain are the same candidate. maybe shillary will give the poor a couple of crumbs so long as her corporate masters say it’s okay. but both want to bomb iran. both voted for iraq. and they both have sold out big time. that’s why they both want to destroy obama. he’s not part of the hundred millionaires club.

THIS WHITE MAN TELLS THE TRUTH ABOUT REV. JEREMIAH WRIGHT,OBAMA’S PASTOR (SENT IN BY BROTHER LOUIS ARMMAND)

April 26, 2008

sent in by Brother Louis Armmand,in his regular mailings to many

For those who don’t know Tim Wise is a White man…

COUNTERPUNCH

March 18, 2008

Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama and the Unacceptability of Truth Of
National Lies and Racial America

By TIM WISE

For most white folks, indignation just doesn’t wear well. Once affected
or conjured up, it reminds one of a pudgy man, wearing a tie that may
well have fit him when he was fifty pounds lighter, but which now cuts
off somewhere above his navel and makes him look like an idiot.

Indignation doesn’t work for most whites, because having remained
sanguine about, silent during, indeed often supportive of so much
injustice over the years in this country–the theft of native land and
genocide of indigenous persons, and the enslavement of Africans being
only two of the best examples–we are just a bit late to get into the
game of moral rectitude. And once we enter it, our efforts at
righteousness tend to fail the test of sincerity.

But here we are, in 2008, fuming at the words of Pastor Jeremiah Wright,
of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago–occasionally Barack
Obama’s pastor, and the man whom Obama credits with having brought him
to Christianity–for merely reminding us of those evils about which we
have remained so quiet, so dismissive, so unconcerned. It is not the
crime that bothers us, but the remembrance of it, the unwillingness to
let it go–these last words being the first ones uttered by most whites
it seems whenever anyone, least of all an “angry black man” like
Jeremiah Wright, foists upon us the bill of particulars for several
centuries of white supremacy.

But our collective indignation, no matter how loudly we announce it,
cannot drown out the truth. And as much as white America may not be able
to hear it (and as much as politics may require Obama to condemn it) let
us be clear, Jeremiah Wright fundamentally told the truth.

Oh I know that for some such a comment will seem shocking. After all,
didn’t he say that America “got what it deserved” on 9/11? And didn’t he
say that black people should be singing “God Damn America” because of
its treatment of the African American community throughout the years?

Well actually, no he didn’t.

Wright said not that the attacks of September 11th were justified, but
that they were, in effect, predictable. Deploying the imagery of
chickens coming home to roost is not to give thanks for the return of
the poultry or to endorse such feathered homecoming as a positive good;
rather, it is merely to note two things: first, that what goes around,
indeed, comes around–a notion with longstanding theological
grounding–and secondly, that the U.S. has indeed engaged in more than
enough violence against innocent people to make it just a tad bit
hypocritical for us to then evince shock and outrage about an attack on
ourselves, as if the latter were unprecedented.

He noted that we killed far more people, far more innocent civilians in
Hiroshima and Nagasaki than were killed on 9/11 and “never batted an
eye.” That this statement is true is inarguable, at least amongst sane
people. He is correct on the math, he is correct on the innocence of the
dead (neither city was a military target), and he is most definitely
correct on the lack of remorse or even self-doubt about the act:
sixty-plus years later most Americans still believe those attacks were
justified, that they were needed to end the war and “save American
lives.”

But not only does such a calculus suggest that American lives are
inherently worth more than the lives of Japanese civilians (or, one
supposes, Vietnamese, Iraqi or Afghan civilians too), but it also
ignores the long-declassified documents, and President Truman’s own war
diaries, all of which indicate clearly that Japan had already signaled
its desire to end the war, and that we knew they were going to
surrender, even without the dropping of atomic weapons. The conclusion
to which these truths then attest is simple, both in its basic veracity
and it monstrousness: namely, that in those places we committed
premeditated and deliberate mass murder, with no justification
whatsoever; and yet for saying that I will receive more hate mail, more
hostility, more dismissive and contemptuous responses than will those
who suggest that no body count is too high when we’re the ones doing the
killing. Jeremiah Wright becomes a pariah, because, you see, we much
prefer the logic of George Bush the First, who once said that as
President he would “never apologize for the United States of America . I
don’t care what the facts are.”

And Wright didn’t say blacks should be singing “God Damn America.” He
was suggesting that blacks owe little moral allegiance to a nation that
has treated so many of them for so long as animals, as persons
undeserving of dignity and respect, and which even now locks up hundreds
of thousands of non-violent offenders (especially for drug possession),
even while whites who do the same crimes (and according to the data,
when it comes to drugs, more often in fact), are walking around free.
His reference to God in that sermon was more about what God will do to
such a nation, than it was about what should or shouldn’t happen. It was
a comment derived from, and fully in keeping with, the black prophetic
tradition, and although one can surely disagree with the theology (I do,
actually, and don’t believe that any God either blesses or condemns
nation states for their actions), the statement itself was no call for
blacks to turn on America . If anything, it was a demand that America
earn the respect of black people, something the evidence and history
suggests it has yet to do.

Finally, although one can certainly disagree with Wright about his
suggestion that the government created AIDS to get rid of black
folks–and I do, for instance–it is worth pointing out that Wright
isn’t the only one who has said this. In fact, none other than Bill
Cosby (oh yes, that Bill Cosby, the one white folks love because of his
recent moral crusade against the black poor) proffered his belief in the
very same thing back in the early ’90s in an interview on CNN, when he
said that AIDS may well have been created to get rid of people whom the
government deemed “undesirable” including gays and racial minorities.

So that’s the truth of the matter: Wright made one comment that is
highly arguable, but which has also been voiced by white America ‘s
favorite black man, another that was horribly misinterpreted and
stripped of all context, and then another that was demonstrably
accurate. And for this, he is pilloried and made into a virtual enemy of
the state; for this, Barack Obama may lose the support of just enough
white folks to cost him the Democratic nomination, and/or the
Presidency; all of it, because Jeremiah Wright, unlike most preachers
opted for truth. If he had been one of those “prosperity ministers” who
says Jesus wants nothing so much as for you to be rich, like Joel
Osteen, that would have been fine. Had he been a retread bigot like
Falwell was, or Pat Robertson is, he might have been criticized, but he
would have remained in good standing and surely not have damaged a
Presidential candidate in this way. But unlike Osteen, and Falwell, and
Robertson, Jeremiah Wright refused to feed his parishioners lies.

What Jeremiah Wright knows, and told his flock–though make no mistake,
they already knew it–is that 9/11 was neither the first, nor worst act
of terrorism on American soil. The history of this nation for folks of
color, was for generations, nothing less than an intergenerational hate
crime, one in which 9/11s were woven into the fabric of everyday life:
hundreds of thousands of the enslaved who died from the conditions of
their bondage; thousands more who were lynched (as many as 10,000 in the
first few years after the Civil War, according to testimony in the
Congressional Record at the time); millions of indigenous persons wiped
off the face of the Earth. No, to some, the horror of 9/11 was not new.
To some it was not on that day that “everything changed.” To some,
everything changed four hundred years ago, when that first ship landed
at what would become Jamestown . To some, everything changed when their
ancestors were forced into the hulls of slave ships at Goree Island and
brought to a strange land as chattel. To some, everything changed when
they were run out of Northern Mexico , only to watch it become the
Southwest United States , thanks to a war of annihilation initiated by
the U.S. government. To some, being on the receiving end of terrorism
has been a way of life. Until recently it was absolutely normal in fact.

But white folks have a hard time hearing these simple truths. We find it
almost impossible to listen to an alternative version of reality.
Indeed, what seems to bother white people more than anything, whether in
the recent episode, or at any other time, is being confronted with the
recognition that black people do not, by and large, see the world like
we do; that black people, by and large, do not view America as white
people view it. We are, in fact, shocked that this should be so, having
come to believe, apparently, that the falsehoods to which we cling like
a kidney patient clings to a dialysis machine, are equally shared by our
darker-skinned compatriots.

This is what James Baldwin was talking about in his classic 1972 work,
No Name in the Street, wherein he noted:

“White children, in the main, and whether they are rich or poor, grow up
with a grasp of reality so feeble that they can very accurately be
described as deluded–about themselves and the world they live in. White
people have managed to get through their entire lifetimes in this
euphoric state, but black people have not been so lucky: a black man who
sees the world the way John Wayne, for example, sees it would not be an
eccentric patriot, but a raving maniac.”

And so we were shocked in 1987, when Supreme Court Justice Thurgood
Marshall declined to celebrate the bicentennial of the Constitution,
because, as he noted, most of that history had been one of overt racism
and injustice, and to his way of thinking, the only history worth
celebrating had been that of the past three or four decades.

We were shocked to learn that black people actually believed that a
white cop who was a documented racist might frame a black man; and we’re
shocked to learn that lots of black folks still perceive the U.S. as a
racist nation–we’re literally stunned that people who say they
experience discrimination regularly (and who have the social science
research to back them up) actually think that those experiences and that
data might actually say something about the nation in which they reside.
Imagine.

Whites are easily shocked by what we see and hear from Pastor Wright and
Trinity Church , because what we see and hear so thoroughly challenges
our understanding of who we are as a nation. But black people have
never, for the most part, believed in the imagery of the “shining city
on a hill,” for they have never had the option of looking at their
nation and ignoring the mountain-sized warts still dotting its face when
it comes to race. Black people do not, in the main, get misty eyed at
the sight of the flag the way white people do–and this is true even for
millions of black veterans–for they understand that the nation for whom
that flag waves is still not fully committed to their own equality. They
have a harder time singing those tunes that white people seem so eager
to belt out, like “God Bless America ,” for they know that whites sang
those words loudly and proudly even as they were enforcing Jim Crow
segregation, rioting against blacks who dared move into previously white
neighborhoods, throwing rocks at Dr. King and then cheering, as so many
did, when they heard the news that he had been assassinated.

Whites refuse to remember (or perhaps have never learned) that which
black folks cannot afford to forget. I’ve seen white people stunned to
the point of paralysis when they learn the truth about lynching’s in this
country–when they discover that such events were not just a couple of
good old boys with a truck and a rope hauling some black guy out to the
tree, hanging him, and letting him swing there. They were never told the
truth: that lynching’s were often community events, advertised in papers
as “Negro Barbecues,” involving hundreds or even thousands of whites,
who would join in the fun, eat chicken salad and drink sweet tea, all
while the black victims of their depravity were being hung, then shot,
then burned, and then having their body parts cut off, to be handed out
to onlookers. They are stunned to learn that postcards of the events
were traded as souvenirs, and that very few whites, including members of
their own families did or said anything to stop it.

Rather than knowing about and confronting the ugliness of our past,
whites take steps to excise the less flattering aspects of our history
so that we need not be bothered with them. So, in Tulsa , Oklahoma , for
example, site of an orgy of violence against the black community in
1921, city officials literally went into the town library and removed
all reference to the mass killings in the Greenwood district from the
papers with a razor blade–an excising of truth and an assault on memory
that would remain unchanged for over seventy years.

Most white people desire, or perhaps even require the propagation of
lies when it comes to our history. Surely we prefer the lies to anything
resembling, even remotely, the truth. Our version of history, of our
national past, simply cannot allow for the intrusion of fact into a
worldview so thoroughly identified with fiction. But that white version
of America is not only extraordinarily incomplete, in that it so favors
the white experience to the exclusion of others; it is more than that;
it is actually a slap in the face to people of color, a re-injury, a
reminder that they are essentially irrelevant, their concerns trivial,
their lives unworthy of being taken seriously. In that sense, and what
few if any white Americans appear capable of grasping at present, is
that “Leave it Beaver” and “Father Knows Best,” portray an America so
divorced from the reality of the times in which they were produced, as
to raise serious questions about the sanity of those who found them so
moving, so accurate, so real. These iconographic representations of life
in the U.S. are worse than selective, worse than false, they are
assaults to the humanity and memory of black people, who were being
savagely oppressed even as June Cleaver did housework in heels and
laughed about the hilarious hijinks of Beaver and Larry Mondello.

These portraits of America are certifiable evidence of how disconnected
white folks were–and to the extent we still love them and view them as
representations of the “good old days” to which we wish we could return,
still are–from those men and women of color with whom we have long
shared a nation. Just two months before “Leave it to Beaver” debuted,
proposed civil rights legislation was killed thanks to Strom Thurmond’s
24-hour filibuster speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate. One month
prior, Arkansas Governor Orville Faubus called out the National Guard to
block black students from entering Little Rock Central High; and nine
days before America was introduced to the Cleavers, and the comforting
image of national life they represented, those black students were
finally allowed to enter, amid the screams of enraged, unhinged,
viciously bigoted white people, who saw nothing wrong with calling
children niggers in front of cameras. That was America of the 1950s: not
the sanitized version into which so many escape thanks to the miracle of
syndication, which merely allows white people to relive a lie, year
after year after year.

No, it is not the pastor who distorts history; Nick at Nite and your
teenager’s textbooks do that. It is not he who casts aspersions upon
“this great country” as Barack Obama put it in his public denunciations
of him; it is the historic leadership of the nation that has cast
aspersions upon it; it is they who have cheapened it, who have made
gaudy and vile the promise of American democracy by defiling it with
lies. They engage in a patriotism that is pathological in its
implications, that asks of those who adhere to it not merely a love of
country but the turning of one’s nation into an idol to be worshipped,
it not literally, then at least in terms of consequence.

It is they–the flag-lapel-pin wearing leaders of this land–who bring
shame to the country with their nonsensical suggestions that we are
always noble in warfare, always well-intended, and although we
occasionally make mistakes, we are never the ones to blame for anything.
Nothing that happens to us has anything to do with us at all. It is
always about them. They are evil, crazy, fanatical, hate our freedoms,
and are jealous of our prosperity. When individuals prattle on in this
manner we diagnose them as narcissistic, as deluded. When nations do
it–when our nation does–we celebrate it as though it were the very
model of rational and informed citizenship.

So what can we say about a nation that values lies more than it loves
truth?

Pardon me, but something is wrong here, and whatever it is, is not to be
found at Trinity United Church of Christ.

[Tim Wise is the author of: White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a
Privileged Son (Soft Skull Press, 2005), and Affirmative Action: Racial
Preference in Black and White (Routledge: 2005). He can be reached at:
timjwi
Community of Medhane Alem
Mailing Address:
P O Box 438427
Chicago, Illinois 60643-8427
tel: (773) 253-5248
fax: (773) 474-7071

http://www.medhanealem-cmty.org

se@msn.com This essay originally appeared in Lip.]

BILLARY’S LAPDOG PRESS ARE LYING!: THIS WHITE GIRL WON PENN WITH 8.06% NOT %10 SO SHE LOST BADLY WHAT SHE WANTED TO GET! FROM BARACKOBAMA.COM

April 23, 2008

from barackobama.com

By mightylou 9 minutes ago
HC’s lead is NOT 10% it is 8.6 to be percise and that only rounds up to 9%.

This needs to be told and put on the blogs for all the news stations and other blogging sites.
NOTE: We will follow this statement up and get you to documented info as soon as we see it!Just like she said she won Texas and didn’t,she is busy lying here! Obama closed down her natural lead in her”home state”! This white girl is losing!
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$from electionreturns.state.pa.us

2008 General Primary
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Unofficial Returns
*** 9,212 out of 9,264 Districts (99.44%) Reporting Statewide ***
President of the United States
Democratic Primary

Candidate Votes Percent
CLINTON, HILLARY (DEM)
1,237,696 54.6%
OBAMA, BARACK (DEM)
1,029,672 45.4%

DIFFERENCE IS 8.5 %
FROM electionreturns.state.pa.us

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