I’m voting for common sense

The other day was November 4th, so you know what that means. We’re now only a little bit less than a year out from Election Day – or, as they like to call it down in Chinatown, Erection Day.

Ha!

*suffers a mild stroke from laughing too hard*

And the thing is, the primary season, where all of the real action is, is beginning especially early this year. So we’re really only a few weeks out from the point where we’ll have a good idea who will end up running for president. From what I understand, some states are looking to push their primaries way up to the beginning of next year, if not into this year, in order to be able to have their say early on. For all you know, there might be a primary going on in your state right now. You might want to check.

They had a big feature on this in the Post-Dispatch this past weekend, and if I would have been thinking, I would have saved it. But the gist of it was that things aren’t looking particularly good at this point for anyone other than Hillary, and, to a lesser degree, Rudy Giuliani. Politicians from either party who were holding out to see who might emerge during the primaries have begun lending their endorsements to the two of them.

The other day, I was cruising the hip-hop Internets looking for free mixtapes, which are all over the place these days, and I came across this video of Common urging people to vote for Obama. Er, actually, he was just encouraging people to vote in general, but it was pretty obvious this video was put together by a group that’s supporting Obama. So I’m not sure what was going on there. Was this a matter of the Obama campaign trying to pass itself off as one of these youth-voting advocacy groups?

I was also concerned because I think we all know Common has some Dog the Bounty Hunter-esque views on interracial dating (and white people in general, for that matter), and I wondered if Barack Obama was really about to put himself out there like that again, in the wake of the incident with the ex-gay gospel singer. It’s one thing to be raped by your “weird” uncle and then struggle with the fact that you’re a fruit for the rest of your life, but some of the shit Common has said over the years is just downright racist.

So I did a little investigating. The Common commercial lists a URL for the group’s website, and I figured that might be a good place to find some information about them. I was right. Kind of. Turns out this is a group that’s trying to get Obama elected, though the disclaimer at the bottom of their site makes it a point to note that their group is not officially affiliated with any candidate. It also notes that any contributions you make to them are not deductible for tax purposes, which struck me as odd. Are contributions to other political groups deductible for tax purposes? And if you donate money to this group, how do you know they’re not just gonna use it on a solid gold toilet, as if they were the Joyce Meyer Ministries and/or Kimora Lee Simmons?

I’m also concerned about the true nature of this group’s political interests. It doesn’t say this anywhere on their website, but you get the idea that this is a group of illegal immigrants looking to open the border up so that the rest of their cousins can get in. I could tell this is true for three reasons: First of all, the leader of this group has an hispanic name, Jenifer Fernandez Ancona. Second of all, under the “Who We Are” subtitle on their “About Us” page, it says, “We are activists representing multiple generations in California who have continually committed ourselves to improving our society on the issues of poverty, race, education, and immigrant rights.” Hmm… Also, I hadn’t heard anything about this group until after last week’s debate, when Hillary made it a point to throw illegal immigrants under the bus, and then Obama took it as an opportunity to note that he’s in favor of illegal immigrants doing whatever they want, regardless of whether or not it’s legal.

If this is the case, you wonder whether or not Common was aware of all this when this group approached him about doing the ad. Obviously, doing an ad for the actual Obama campaign would have been out of the question, given his views. But at the very least, he may have wanted to find another fringe group to lend his name and likeness to; with this group, there’s no way of knowing whether or not your donation is going to buy GPS equipment to help illegal immigrants sneak across the border. If there’s a lesson to be learned here, it’s that you might want to do a little research before you allow yourself to be swayed by one of these interest groups. Even if they’ve managed to get a famous rapper to shill for them, you don’t know whether or not he bothered to do any research on them himself.

  • og bobby j

    you called common a famous rapper..thats shit is comical. As far as the immigrants…i dont think we should change anything except the penalties. I say we continue to let them mo the lawns and clean the hotels, but if we catch illegal immigrants they should be beaten and deported. Thats right, beaten…maybe with an extension cord. The biggest problem with illegal immigrants is the fact that weak hearted pussies in this country think that the rights granted to Americans in the bill of rights somehow extend to non citizens….

    • Human Rights

      There is something called the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. No human deserves to be beaten for any reason. This supercedes the US Bill of Rights and is inalienable. Illegal immigrants cost this country nothing.

  • http://www.myspace.com/sinistahmoneybagz Sinistah aka Angry Blackman At Work

    Noz Deskobar 4 President

    Obama who?

    JER-Z UP!

  • 1,2,1,1,2….ANDITDON’TSTOP81

    “AND EVEN THO’ IT SEEMS HEAVEN SENT”……..

  • NoMamesBuey

    solution to illegal immigration:

    The hiring manager & CEO have to pay $100K fine per each illegal employee.

    3rd time offense = 5 year jail sentence in maximum security prison, where under the threat of inmate violence & a-rape [||]. The generic 45 year old bitchmade WASP CEO will be shook & will reform his ways instantly & only hire American citizens.

    That would end the hiring of illegal immigrants immediately. Most illegal immigrants would go home, since there would be no work here.

    This is obvious, but it won’t happen, since the ReThugs are full-blown corporate whores, & many Democrats are also corporate heezos. Hence, you won’t see this solution get any traction.

    We need publically financed campaigns to eliminate this era of Corporate Welfare, with corporate whore politicians like Gee Dubbz, Giuliani, & Hillary Clinton.

    People like Bol that are half-smart yet half-dumbass fall into this “divide & conquer” tactic the rich Corporate elite have set up. Poor blacks fighting poor whites fighting poor illegal immigratns = “win” for the Corporate elite.

    • Doobie

      “People like Bol that are half-smart yet half-dumbass.”

      How unbelievably precise and succinct, nice job. In that scenario that you proposed, the CEO’s should have to pay out of their own (downright obscene) personal pay, not the company funds, which get passed right back on to the consumer anyway.

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  • The Kanadian

    MoeBg Ceo has a small lil’ peepee!! It’s Little!
    Ha ha
    Oh and yer the best Bol. Keep on rockin’ in the free world!

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  • The Nicker

    1) TPAR will have a field day with this.

    2) I doubt Common can be THAT racist anymore. I mean his concerts are pretty much the only time you’ll see that many white dudes and black chicks in one room.

    3) We’re still a long way out on elections, but at this point if all them other ma’fuckers don’t start getting behind Obama (the Bidens, Richardson, etc.) it’s going to be Hillary for sure.

    4) You make this website sound like it’s the most budget Angelfire website ever? uhhhhh no . . .

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  • Doobie

    “We’re now only a little bit less than a year out from Election Day – or, as they like to call it down in Chinatown, Erection Day.”

    Lol

    “I was also concerned because I think we all know Common has some Dog the Bounty Hunter-esque views on interracial dating (and white people in general, for that matter)”

    With regard to interracial dating, that does seem to be the case, with regard to white people in general, I don’t think that’s the case at all. I don’t see where Common has any malevolence towards whites, he’s worked with white artists from that guy from P.O.D., to Laetitia Sadier from Stereolab, to that British chick Lily Allen.

  • barbarians at the gate

    Both parties are really looking like a pair of whores as they both run after the Hispanic factor.

    The Republicans just can’t get enough that cheap, Hispanic dirt labor and constantly cater to business interests.

    The Dems never stop pandering to the illegal flood by always trying to offer them rights and privileges they definitely not entitled to, in hopes of locking the Hispanic vote in.

    Both parties need a goddamn sharp rap to the head.

  • Jerry Curls aka Richard Belzer for President

    All politicians are asshats period. You have to vote for the candidate that has the least amount of asshat in them. HClinton isn’t the answer, she’s a ho-bitch.

    2nd time in 2 entries that you mentioned Kimora Lee Simmons. Do it again, I’ll stab you in the face with a soldering iron.

  • ZO

    Sounds like Hilary might have the only “Erection” on “Erection Day”!!!

    Ha!

  • c.gabi

    i don’t know, i think all of us (Blacks) draw lines at certain points in our dealings with white people. i think interracial dating is a deal-breaker for common and i’m seriously not mad at him for thinking that way or saying it. common really doesn’t have any economic, political, whatever means to be racist–not even in the hip-hop/rap heirarchy. people pick on rap artists for what they say, in songs and in real life, but really none of them give two fucks about what niggas out here REALLY think anyhow. so common really is just at liberty to say whatever he feels.

    music is pretty much the most universal language–common is a smart dude to recognize other good music (that happen to be by white people) and/or switch up his style to appeal to more audiences.

    truth be told, u’re gonna find a bunch of white kids at pretty much ALL hip hop concerts of popular Black artists. plus com has just been a hungry dude (both literally and figuratively) for a good minute now, i’m glad he’s gettin his.

    any smart politician, with smart people working in the camp know that dealing with interest groups and PACs is like walking on egg shells. obama’s camp has been on straight fuck-up mode for the past 2 months, which is why hillary is blowing this fool out the water both financially and in the polls. if obama at least wants a fighting chance in iowa, he might have to bust the mean pink slips.

  • Yaw

    I laugh so much frm da openin comment i had 2 give myself a 10 min break b4 i read da rest of da blog- speakin of which, i’ll continue this comment in about 5 mins…

  • DirtDogggy

    The whole fucking ordeal is blown out of porportion more and more each election, the candidates get backed by corporate america that blow billions of dollars on televised bullshit nit fits and political temper tantrums of strieght shit talking and empty promises that never come to life or change anything at the end of the day. The people as a whole should run things not a handfull of old fucks that just keep piling new laws and rules on top of others untill it’s an assorted shit sandwitch with extra bullshit sauce.

    I’ll put my money that another old white dude comes from knowhere to steal the presidency (or rig it like bush did)either way the president is just a face for the media, puppet on a string type role, but corporate america controlls shit, money rules.

  • gerald n. the birdman

    ISNT COMMON PRACTICALY WHITE HIMSELF??

    I mean, dude is pretty damn white and has freckles. Does that mean he hates himself? His mom looked pretty much white on that album cover. I guess “knowlege-of-self” does’nt really mean much to the conscious rappers. Hypocrite.

  • Bukem

    LINK UP THE COMMON COMMERCIAL OR YOUR SOFT!

  • youngz

    Yeah I also heard that Common is part white, someone pleaze clear it up!!!!

  • JAYSTONE

    og bobby j says

    you called common a famous rapper..thats shit is comical. As far as the immigrants…i dont think we should change anything except the penalties. I say we continue to let them mo the lawns and clean the hotels, but if we catch illegal immigrants they should be beaten and deported. Thats right, beaten…maybe with an extension cord. The biggest problem with illegal immigrants is the fact that weak hearted pussies in this country think that the rights granted to Americans in the bill of rights somehow extend to non citizens….
    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Do some research white boy and you will know that America is a stolen land.whiteboy your ancestors came here illegal so who are you to judge these immigrants.This land belongs to the Native America indians and mexicans(these same people you CRACKERS call ilegal or whatever the fuck you call it).GTFH!!!!

    • da pope

      “This land belongs to the Native America indians and mexicans”

      are you implying that the mexicans are indigenous to north america? the mexican “race” came from spain.

  • og bobby j

    @ Jaystone
    on the real…your a special kind of asshole……I was born here….and if they were then that would be cool with me. Why are you living in America…its a stolen land….your a fucking fist pumpin hypocrite that wants nothing more then to see the white man fall…

    “news Flash”
    why dont you do some homework and check the statistics on the population of the american prison system….thats what your reppin fagget. You are gonna bring the worst out of a normally mellow OG, but so be it….You should stop readin these post and go work on your weak ass jumpshot….thats your only hope….unless maybe you rap (in which case a white guy named eminem would still be 100 times better then your favorite)bottom line: if you want to chuck insults at me cause im white i will fuck with you all day…..so stop standing on your knuckles and give me your best shot….bitch

  • t.r.b

    you’re a full on retard (i extend this courtesy to anyone)if you even entertain voting for barack obama. as sick as i am of people (especially young black people, of which i am one) jumping on some fucking popularity backwagon just because. the dude is basically a junior senator, so wet behind the ears he’s drowning, and now he has a fighting chance to be prez? in your dreams i’m sure. and then he was on snl last week which nailed the coffin for me? for what? to appeal to liberal (hollywood) jerk-offs who hold onto the masses by the teats…probably the same weirdos running around bigging up al gore’s stinking ass. and now common’s co-signing…here’s that diddy shit again. be hoodwinked if you want, but at least take the country seriously and want a deserving candidate to get the nom (sure i’m a girl but i vote no on hilary as well )especially if you want real change and not just some glorified beauty pageant.

    • Doobie

      “and then he was on snl last week which nailed the coffin for me? for what? to appeal to liberal (hollywood) jerk-offs who hold onto the masses by the teats”

      Uh last I checked, those Hollywood liberals don’t really have much sway with the average voter, most of whom are decidedly conservative (even several of the Dems who won seats last election were far from liberal).

      “but at least take the country seriously and want a deserving candidate to get the nom (sure i’m a girl but i vote no on hilary as well )especially if you want real change and not just some glorified beauty pageant.”

      Who do you support that you think is going to bring real change?

      And, I should note, I personally don’t expect any candidate to bring about any great change, just incremental change in certain key areas (health care, foreign policy, etc.), and I think that any of the top three Democrats would do a better job than the Republicans. So, as much as I can’t stand Hilary’s plastic-y ass, I would suck it up and vote her if she gets the nomination, just to keep that war hungry, free-speech suppressing, no tolerance for insolence, gestapo-like tactics using ass Giuliani from getting into the White House. Plus, we get back Bill back in the White House, and I’m sure that he’d make sure that Hilary didn’t mess things up too bad.

      • Doobie

        In light of recent events, Fuck Hillary. The only way I’ll vote for her is if Giuliani is the Republican nominee (which is unlikely to happen). If it’s between her and McCain, I’m voting for McCain (sorry, the soldiers will just have to stay in Iraq for four more years).

  • f

    some unbelievably retarded reasonin I’ve read in a while

    • Doobie

      “some unbelievably retarded reasonin I’ve read in a while”

      And you’re referring to?

      • f

        @ trb, lol relax Doob

  • barbarian at the gate

    Hell, in a way, a Clinton co-presidency might be a very good experience for the country.

    The example of Hillary giving away the store for 4 years, combined with Bill grinning & smiling while running about trying to paper over the mess, could be exactly the kind of kick in the ass lethargic America needs.

    America pulling itself out of a Progressive car-crash into the brick wall of Reality, and then having to assess the damage, might be the very medicine needed.

  • JAYSTONE

    @og bobby j
    so you are saying that since you was born here you have more rigts to this land than the so call illegal immigrant huh?
    so you implying that blacks in this country have no future over here huh?God help me .
    listern cracka the system here in America is design for a black men to fail.
    so you think Eminem is better than Nas,jay z , rakim Huh?
    look the only reason sell that much is because he is white .wigger please.

  • JAYSTONE

    @ da pope
    Do some research and you will know that part of America was taken away from the mexicans.

  • barbarian at the gate

    ^^

    American colonizers replaced Mexican colonizers who had, in turn, replaced the original Spanish colonizers.

    You need to start doing your own research, JAYSTONE.

  • these posts are racist

    Barbarian at the gate, you are an ignorant bigot.

    Jaystone, you are on the money, don’t let these racist cats throw you off your game.

  • barbarian at the gate

    these posts are racist-

    Son, you represent the worst kind of whining, sniveling, self-loathing, Progressive ass-kiss individuals floating around these days.

    When I think of intellectual & cultural rot, I think of posturing types like you.

  • JAYSTONE

    @barbarian at the gate
    I assume you are white that`s why you can`t stand the truth.Go and do some research you moron.you faggot have you heared aa book called THE TRUTH ABOUT AMERICA HIISTORY written by a whiteman.
    TPAR just ignore these ignorant bastards.man it`s a waste of precious time arguing with fools.

  • these posts are racist

    >>>”America pulling itself out of a Progressive car-crash into the brick wall of Reality, and then having to assess the damage, might be the very medicine needed.”

    What a weak and nonsensical metaphor. Why don’t you try arguing something with substance instead of using weak metaphors that, ironically to your statement, have no bearing on reality. What is the progressive car-crash and what is the brick wall reality?

    Jay-Stone, what up brother, keep doing your thing.

    • Around and Around

      Sounds like some shit heard on Rush Limbaugh or something….’homo at the gate’ just heard that and had to post it.

  • barbarian at the gate

    I’ll say it yet again, you all sound like a collection of whining, sniveling pussies.

    When you ‘Progressives’ muster up something beyond that kind of spiteful crap, then I’ll begin to take you seriously.

    Your sour old woman routine inspires nothing but contempt.

  • these posts are racist

    See, the metaphor inflammatory language using bigot strikes again.

    Do you think we are waiting for you to “take us seriously”? Wow.

    What’s your beef? Are you agains’t “progressives” for the sake of being agains’t “progressives”? Or is there a brand of Progressive thought that you can (i) identify and (ii) profer a real criticism of?

    Until you do, it is we who will not take you seriously.

  • barbarian at the gate

    Good God, yet more self-righteous sniveling.

    Nothing but complaining & badmouth ‘ad infinitum’.

    Tell me, is there any quality of American culture or policy you don’t try to crap on?

    Ye whine too much.

  • these posts are racist

    “Tell me, is there any quality of American culture or policy you don’t try to crap on?”

    See, it is you who craps on the true American way. The principles upon which this nation is founded upon demand that justice be served and that wrongs be made right. So when we crticize a certain policy or demand that we get what is our inalieable right, it is us who are being American. And it is people like you who are crapping on all that is truly American.

  • Around and Around

    You know the ‘dickhead at the gate’ is a fucking joke, he’s taking his lines straight from a fucking Ann Coulter book. He offers no real criticism, only pointless fucking shit talk and general assumptions. Typical of a fucking tabacco chewing country bumkin who does nothing but listen to fox news, and has stupid ass magnet ribbions all over his truck and feels he is a true patriot.

    This Hannity dick ryder isn’t worth your time TPAR he offers nothing of substance to a debate, he’s the only sniviling bitch made here “Ohhhh you progresives!!!!” re-read his comments and tell me i’m wrong?

  • barbarian at the gate

    With ‘inalienable rights’ come ‘unavoidable
    responsibilities’.

    Are you prepared to give with your left hand as much as you demand & take with your right?

    All you do is criticize & demand.

    • around and around

      I need my left to slap your moms ass she likes it from the left

      -in all seriousness wtf are you talking about? You sound like the type of cat that had food and water stored in your basement for Y2K…….’You prepared to give boy?!?!?!’ (spoke in a country white trash voice)
      Cracker I give more than enough out every pay check, my left hand stays where it is, when I see Bush or Clinton or these silver spoon bitches give there’s up, maybe I’ll offer it up, until then…BAAAAAAA GOES THE SHEEP at the gate

  • these posts are racist

    As usual, you’re right Around…

  • barbarian at the gate

    Pragmatism & common sense usually are

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com THE UNDERWRITER

    Damn, you two Beach Boys really are lovers, huh?

    these posts are racist says:

    As usual, you’re right Around…

    Yuck.

  • barbarian at the gate

    What?!

    Yet more badmouth & whining?

    Oh these crazy teenagers.

  • JAYSTONE

    …BAAAAAAA GOES THE SHEEP

    ha ha ha…….
    another classic from AROUND andf AROUND.
    man you got me rolling…

  • JAYSTONE

    Oh these crazy teenagers.
    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>
    barbarian they are your elders.listern to them.

  • tellme

    does anyone here even know anything about clinton or obama’s politics? or all you all just spewing the opinions fox news or cnn gave you?