‘Little Obama’ ice cream for sale in Russia

Little ObamaAccording to The Moscow Times, a new ice cream product called Obamka, or Little Obama, is on sale now in the Russian republic of Tatarstan.

It went on sale last month in the city of Naberezhnye Chelny.

A Soviet-era cartoon called Chunga-Changa, about an island inhabited by African children, is reportedly the inspiration for the product.

The product is currently only available locally.

The name of the product isn’t political, according to the manufacturer:

Deputy development director at the Slavitsa ice cream factory Rasil Mustafin, said that the name was not political but chosen due to the product’s chocolate flavor. “There’s no political underpinning. We have no intention to offend anyone,” he said. “Someone at the factory came up with the idea.”

Little Obama not the only Obama product overseas

little obamaIn 2014, it was reported that Chinese vendors near the Great Wall of China had been forced to temporarily stop selling Obama-Mao t-shirts. The reason for the moratorium was a visit to the area by First Lady Michelle Obama. These shirts depicted President Obama dressed as Chinese Communist icon Mao Zedong. Plenty of other “Obamao” products have been for sale in the People’s Republic.

Obama isn’t alone in this regard there:

As I walked through one hutong, I saw a paper fan sporting the late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s face beside the caption: “Do not miss me, I’m already a legend.”

During a 2009 Summit in Russia, there were nesting dolls featuring Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, and Dmitry Medvedev.

When President Obama visited Kenya in 2015, it was seen as, “a prime opportunity for otherwise impoverished citizens to make some fast money selling Obama souvenirs.”

The Wall Street Journal‘s lede in a story on this subject goes into further details:

Kenyan street hawker Enokh Mulure and two friends recently spent about $1,300 on a truckload of Barack Obama mugs, calendars, baseball caps and T-shirts. Mr. Obama is making his first trip to Kenya as president this week, and to Mr. Mulure that means one thing: “Business.”

Kasich event with Bob Ehrlich likely off

KasichAccording to reports, John Kasich is making some sort of announcement in Columbus this afternoon, presumably about the suspension of his campaign. He also cancelled a planned press conference at Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia.

I would presume that means tonight’s fundraiser hosted by former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich for the Kasich campaign in Annapolis is cancelled. If not, it likely means Kasich just won’t be there and Ehrlich will be the big draw (ha!).

The event was scheduled to be at the Crowne Plaza with a roundtable starting at 5:30 p.m., a VIP photo op reception from 6:00-6:30, and a general reception from 6:30-7:30. Ticket prices were set at $2700 for the roundtable, $1000 for the VIP photo op reception, and $250 for the general reception.

More details were posted on the Maryland for Kasich Facebook page:

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There has been no update on the Maryland for Kasich Facebook page and nothing at all on events anywhere is listed on the campaign website.

Irrelevant: John Kasich and Bob Ehrlich

Before his endorsement of Kasich, Ehrlich was stuck doing fundraisers for people like Pat McDonough. Ehrlich’s star has fallen quickly since his 2010 loss.

In early 2014, Ehrlich told Richard Sher he would be the last Republican governor elected in Maryland.

Just a few months later, Larry Hogan was elected and Ehrlich’s position as the senior elected official in the party evaporated overnight.

Ehrlich has struggled to sell books since he left office and he toyed with running for President even though one analyst referred to him as a seventh-tier candidate ahead of the campaign cycle.

His irrelevance continued into the 2016 primaries with his advocacy for Kasich who never was really an option for most Maryland Republican voters until the field narrowed to Kasich, Cruz, and Trump. At least Ehrlich has a nice cushy lobbying job and doesn’t have to rely on book sales to put food on the table.

 

Former Cruz consultant blasts GOP, conservatives

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I’ve asked for permission from a friend of mine to repost a Facebook status he posted tonight on the GOP and the conservative movement.

I’ve known Tommy Sears for several years. We’ve commiserated about football when his Dawgs (UGA) and my Tigers (Clemson) had bad seasons and talked very little smack when they played each other (my mom went to UGA.)

We talked about things Southern expats in DC talk about (in our case Zaxby’s came up a few times.) When I met him he worked at the Center for Military Readiness in DC and I knew he had also gone to grad school at Georgetown (Hoya Saxa – I was there ’92-’93.) Since then he’s worked for the Faith & Freedom Coalition and then went to work as a consultant for the Cruz campaign last fall in Texas.

The GOP and the Conservative Movement in DC

I heard recently he’d left the Cruz campaign and then tonight he posted something that is worth your time to read – on both the GOP and the conservative movement as it exists in DC and across America. So without further ado, the rest of this post is what he wrote tonight on Facebook:

Almost 3 weeks ago I made the decision to leave Washington, DC and return to my beloved home state of Georgia. As I sit here back in my old hometown tonight watching Donald Trump deliver the final coup d’ grace to Ted Cruz in this Republican presidential primary, I have the oft-invoked benefit of hindsight in being proven right in that decision. Having been a Cruz campaign consultant (the vast majority of that time through a 3rd-party contractor), and a staunch Cruz supporter before and since, I take no satisfaction in his defeat tonight, save for the minor speed bump it may mean to Cruz campaign senior staffers Jeff Roe, Mark Campbell, and Chris Wilson, who saw fit to throw me overboard. Despite what is no doubt a disappointing end to a tactically brilliant campaign (as I’ve consistently said, far and away the best in my personal experience—among many under my belt), these hired guns will be just fine. Even in defeat, their individual campaign/consulting businesses will be able to lay claim to going deep with myriad victories in a GOP presidential nomination fight not seen in over a generation. And therein lies the now-chronic, and in my opinion, fatal problem with Republicanism, and now, conservatism.
I decided to leave DC after the latest of seemingly countless conservative conclaves that I’d attended, spoken at, or planned/organized/directed over the last 20-plus years. During this last meeting, I had the proverbial “moment of clarity”: for those last 6-7 hours, I had been listening to the same people saying the same things ahead of the next “most important election of our lifetimes” that I had for the last decade. And nothing had changed. Despite healthy Republican Congressional majorities and one two-term Republican presidency during my years in DC, Leftism in the United States continues to march headlong. My stark realization: The vast majority of leaders of the so-called “conservative movement” are as feckless and corrupt as the Republican party and congressional leadership that they, in exquisite irony, criticize relentlessly in order to preserve and advance their own places of power. All decisions are predicated on the prospects for, effect on, and ability to execute near-ceaseless fundraising or developing other revenue streams, and maintaining their and their organizations’ profile. They are as wedded to their perks of office/station, influence, prestige and yes, (perhaps even more so) money than their perpetual RINO/RNC/congressional Republican leadership foils.

There are a couple of admonitions by one of these prominent leaders: “Don’t fully trust anyone until he has stuck with a good cause which he saw was losing,” and “A well-run movement takes care of its own.” I have seen precious little recognition of the former in a decade of working with conservative movement leaders, and with regard to the latter, the movement is in critical condition. The conclusion that I have personally come to, and believe has been further confirmed tonight, is that the current party and “movement” infrastructure of conservatism (which in my mind should be synonymous with constitutionalism) is irredeemable. I will not vote for the truly dangerous, entitled, narcissist charlatan Trump, like many other committed conservatives. In my humble opinion, the only chance to reclaim even a portion of the promise of the nation our founders envisioned and intended is not through a third party, but replacing the Republican party. I have no idea whether that can happen in the midst of an otherwise sure-to-be nasty and brutal presidential race; my practical political sense is no, but I still have a ways to go on the clarity thing. All I can say at this stage is, whether now or later, conservatism will never prevail without wholly new leaders and a vehicle for its principles and programs. That is no longer to be found in the Republican party or today’s “conservative movement.” ‪#‎NeverTrump‬

An alternative to the GOP this fall?

Sears also made an addendum in the comments:

Just to add above, just because I think it’s hard, nigh impossible to run an alternative candidate/build an alternative conservative party before November does not mean it should not be tried.

Tommy makes some good points to consider whether you agree or disagree with him.

Report: Clemson “hate crime” possibly a hoax

Clemson BananasA picture emerged last month showing rotting bananas hanging on a sign about African-Americans at Fort Hill. Clemson University is built on the land that was John C. Calhoun’s Fort Hill after a bequest from his son-in-law Thomas Green Clemson.

It’s not clear who put the bananas there, but outrage ensued, as an Associated Press story details. The AP story discusses a sit-in by black students and fthen tries to smear Clemson’s response to the Emmanuel AME shootings in Charleston by saying the wreaths honoring the victims were in a location that Tillman Hall could be seen from. There has been a move by some faculty to change the name of that building.

One of the organizers of the sit-in with See the Stripes even tried to say Dylann Roof, the Charleston shooter, would have been a Tillman supporter. The AP story by Jeffrey Collins only refers to one arrest. At the time, South Carolina blog FITSnews had little other details either.

However, last week FITSnews broached the subject of whether the whole thing was a hoax. A roundup of what happened:

There were sit-ins, hunger strikes, campus-wide protests, a Selma-style march, obligatory “arrests” – and of course doleful hand-wringing from the government-run institution’s “higher educrats.”  Also, fresh rounds of “diversity and inclusivity training” were mandated for all students and faculty.

It was a Mini-Missouri, in other words …

FITSnews also reported that there appeared to be a hoax and a cover-up going on:

Clemson University president James Clements claimed on April 11 that the school was “investigating” the banana-hanging incident – and university officials told local media that same day they hoped surveillance videos would assist them in identifying the guilty party.

Nearly three weeks later, though, nothing …

Some might use this opportunity to shoot the messenger of FITSnews and Will Folks. However, an editorial appeared on his site today by six Clemson students that examine the incident and investigation in-depth in their own words.

From the editorial

Since campus wide unrest was the direct result of the four bananas being hung it seems natural to ask who hung the bananas and what their motivations were.  The Clemson administration knows the answers to these questions, but has not revealed them.  The only thing most people on campus are aware of is the suspicious behavior and activity from the administration and the student protest leaders.

This leads to more questions than answers.

Some of the questions and issues they raise include:

  • When it was pointed out that the 5 students protesting were violating the code of conduct, the administration cited them for trespassing with rumors indicating it was all pre-planned after administrators met with the protesters.
  • Alesia Smith, who serves as director of the Office of Community and Ethical Standards on campus, is the mother of one of the Clemson 5 protesters while also being in charge of investigating them. According to the students writing the op-ed, she “refused to admit” there was a conflict of interest but then later said she had recused herself.
  • No charges have been brought against the known person who placed the bananas and no information on motive or any personally identifying information has been released. However, someone who posted a racist message to the Yik Yak app was publicly identified.
  • There are also questions about the picture itself.

The picture’s provenance and the chain of evidence are questioned by the students writing the editorial (emphasis added)

Finally, only one picture exists of the bananas at all.  Who took this picture?  When did the bananas come down?  Who took them down?  In the police report it is noted that an email was sent to the University police.  Who sent this email?  The individual who is cited in the school newspaper as taking the picture of the bananas, posted the picture two hours after the social media account of “See the Stripes”- the group that organized the Sikes Sit In protest – had posted the image to begin a viral hashtag campaign.

The six students call on Clemson administrators to act:

The university must act quickly and decisively to resolve these questions; they cannot remain silent any longer.  As students, we are hurt by this administration’s failure to protect our reputation, and we expect that they will do what is right and reveal the truth.

If it turns out that the person who placed the bananas did so with racist intentions, then he or she should be held responsible.  If this is not the case, then the administration has willingly participated in a smear campaign against the student body.  The administration must make right the lies that have been told, and make open the information which has been kept secret.

Of course, the only reason I’m writing this is a wave of fake hate crimes over the past few years.

Clemson Wouldn’t Be Only Recent “Hate Crime” Hoax

Most recently, students from the State University of New York at Albany were indicted for perpetrating a hoax. The women claimed they were assaulted by 10-12 white men hurling racial slurs at them on a bus. Hillary Clinton came to their defense on twitter. However, the audio and video from surveillance footage on the bus proved they made it all up. They were indicted and are now headed to court because they refused to accept a plea deal that would require their apologies.

Last month, a drawing of a noose with a racial slur and #whitepower hashtag was made on a whiteboard at Salisbury University on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. After investigating, it was determined the drawing was made by black students. Police declined to press charges.

According to one report, there have been over 100 hate crime hoaxes in the past 10 years. Another report details all the cases in 2015 alone.

Universities are good at covering things up and Clemson is no exception. This situation needs to be resolved publicly.

MD woman charged in Snapchat stabbing

snapchatOn Thursday 4/21, the Aberdeen Police Department announced they were looking for a suspect in a stabbing of a 17-year old juvenile during an “altercation” about Snapchat that took place Wednesday (4/20/16) evening.

The victim was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview and was in stable condition the next day.

The Baltimore Sun reported earlier today (Friday) that the stabbing was related to an argument over Snapchat and that a suspect was arrested on 4/28/16. The suspect who was arrested is Gabrielle Joyner of Havre de Grace. Joyner was charged with attempted murder (both first and second degree), reckless endangerment, and charges relating to possessing a concealed weapon and a dangerous weapon with intent to injure.

Specifically, The Sun reported:

The week-long investigation revealed that Joyner and the victim had argued over posts on the image messaging application “Snapchat” prior to the assault, police said. The argument was allegedly about Joyner’s boyfriend.