A Clockwork Orange

Meanwhile, in the current edition of our big sistah paper, LA Weekly, Davis writes that Hurricane Katrina is but one of many instances in recent years where poor black folks are getting the shaft. He writes:

On the 40th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the United States seems to have returned to degree zero of moral concern for the majority of descendants of slavery and segregation. Whether the black poor live or die seems to merit only haughty disinterest and indifference. Indeed, in terms of the life-and-death issues that matter most to African-Americans -- structural unemployment, race-based superincarceration, police brutality, disappearing affirmative-action programs, and failing schools -- the present presidential election might as well be taking place in the 1920s.

While it would be easy to pin the blame for all this on the Republifucks (and do so often), Davis keenly observes that this type of treatment is happening in New Orleans, which has a black Democrat mayor, and Los Angeles, which is solidly Democrat.

No, the political invisibility of people of color is a strictly bipartisan endeavor. On the Democratic side, it is the culmination of the long crusade waged by the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) to exorcise the specter of the 1980s Rainbow Coalition.

The DLC, of course, has long yearned to bring white guys and fat cats back to a Nixonized Democratic Party. Arguing that race had fatally divided Democrats, the DLC has tried to bleach the party by marginalizing civil-rights agendas and black leadership. African-Americans, it is cynically assumed, will remain loyal to the Democrats regardless of the treasons committed against them. They are, in effect, hostages.

He concludes that a political party with such moral shortcomings when it comes to race will never beat the party of Bush. Wow, now we really feel like shit.

Posted Sept. 9, 5 p.m.

According to this post, the Hurricane Katrina victim who told Veep Dick Cheney--and we quote--"go fuck yourself"--was detained by the Dickless One's rifle toting goon squad. After holding the physician/musician--who'd lost his home--for 20 minutes and getting all his personal info, the secret fuzz let him go, explaining that he'd broken no laws--at least until the John Roberts court does something about that pesky First Amendement.

Posted Sept. 9, 1:20 p.m.

Clockwork leading off with a beauty-pageant item? Hey, we needed some excuse to run this photo. And what a MILFeriffic shot it is, eh boys?
This is Huntington Beach resident Andrea Preuss, who has just vaulted from Mrs. California to Mrs. USA (2003) to this past Wednesday at the Palm Springs Riviera Resort & Racquet Club being named Mrs. America--proving that there are just as many beauty contests for women with some miles on them as there are for budding Jean Benets. This 32-year-old blonde beauty is a pharmaceutical sales manager, a former ballerina and the mother of two. It was her answer to questions about motherhood that led to her victory, said contest judge Connie "I Used to be on TV" Stevens. You can see Preuss win it all on cable's WE: Women's Entertainment, which is showing repeats of the contest throughout the month; check those local listings.

Two days after former American hostage and ex-Newport Beach resident Roy Hallums was rescued by U.S. Troops from an isolated farmhouse near Baghdad, he was on his way home from Iraq today. Air Force officials glad-handed Hallums before he stepped on a C-17 transport plane that took off from a U.S. Air force base at Balad, 50 miles north of Baghdad. It's nice of a U.S. government official to receive Hallums like that; the ex-hostage's family and friends had accused the Bush administration of abandoning the 57-year-old, who was working for the Saudi Arabian Trading and Construction Co.supplying food to the Iraqi army at the times of his Nov. 1 kidnapping. His ex-, Susan Hallums, is enroute to Tennessee for a reunion with her former spouse. A website maintained by Hallums' daughter, Westminster resident Amanda Hallums, is now topped with the cheery message: "ROY IS FREE!"

Reps from the former Orange County shoe company Vans loaded up vehicles, hit the road at 2 a.m. Tuesday and drove more than 1,000 miles to deliver new shoes and clothing to Hurricane Katrina victims who have relocated to Montgomery County, Texas. Maggie Plank, who retired from Vans and moved to Woodlands, Texas, got her former employers on the horn and pleaded for help. "When I first heard about the tragedy I felt I had to do something," Plank said. "I called Vans and within 15 minutes they called me back. I wondered what I had done when I heard the quantities." The company donated 2,000 pairs of tennis shoes, 1,000 pairs of sandals, 3,000 pairs of socks and 3,000 T-shirts to Montgomery, Walker and Harris county shelters. "We heard about the tragedy and wanted to help," said Vans veep Steve Van Doren. "I'm the type of person who doesn't like sitting still." The company had actually already started reaching out to charity groups before Plank's call; those groups only wanted cold-hard cash. "But we're a shoe company," Van Doren said. "I figured this was the best time to come." And Vans isn't stopping there; the company intends to raise $350,000 to half a mil at an Oct. 8 Warped Tour event at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine.

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