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Rapper’s Appearance At White House Stirs Controversy

May 16, 2011 by  

Rapper's appearance at White House stirs controversyFirst Lady Michelle Obama has received sharp criticism from several conservative figures regarding her decision to invite popular rapper Common to a poetry event at the White House.

Common, whose real name is Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., addressed a group of students at the White House on May 11. The decision to invite him to a government-sponsored event has been questioned following The Daily Caller’s posting of his lyrics from a 2007 song, in which he calls on Americans to “burn a Bush.”

The lyrics are in reference to former President George W. Bush, of whom Common was an outspoken critic.

Furthermore, Common has defended retired pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who was at the center of some controversy during President Barack Obama’s campaign in 2008. Wright, Obama’s former pastor, was shown in videos spewing anti-American and racist comments, prompting the President to distance himself from the clergyman.

In 2008, Common defended Wright by claiming that the pastor “never really was against white people or another race,” according to FOX News.

In response to Common’s appearance at a children’s event, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin sarcastically tweeted, “Oh lovely, White House.”

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  • Jeremy Leochner

    Personally I shall try to reserve judgment until the big debate between Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly on the O’Reilly Factor tomorrow night about Common. For now the best I can say is Common seems to be known as a fairly intelligent and clean rapper. I believe his defense of Reverend Wright is not the best idea considering the Reverend has said things I consider inappropriate and unnecessary. However I dont see that as reason to condemn him and treat it as bad that he is performing at a poetry reading at the White House. I figure as long as his poem or song or rap or whatever he did was tasteful, appropriate and with a good message for the kids I see nothing wrong with it. In regards to allegations that Mr. Lynn has defended accused cop killers I shall reserve judgment since I dont know the precise situation. I know that in his songs Mr. Lynn mentions violence and violence against cops but then goes on to say that people shouldn’t do such things and that they should stop. That aside actual defense of people accused of killing cops I think is a serious issue and I want to see how the debate between Stewart and O’Reilly goes before I decide anything else.

    • Don Ror

      Thugs like Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. are the true racists and Michelle and her husband Barack Hussein Obama fall within that category as they consort with the likes of this joker and put him on display in Washington, D.C.

      Is it any wonder they receive no respect?

      • Kinetic1

        Don,
        What are you basing your comments on? Have you read Common’s lyrics in context or are you basing your views on the reports of rap experts like Hannity and Rove?

        • JC

          How about we just base it on the Kenyan’s obvious contempt for white Americans and America in general. Mr “Hopey Changey” is pure racist.

        • Thamera

          Perhaps you should listen to the lyrics before you post Kinetic1…just a suggestion LOL

          • Kinetic1

            What does it say that you presume I haven’t? Have you? Have you read them all so that you understand?

        • JUKEBOX

          You can accuse me of that liberal clap trap racism, but “ARTISTS” like Common are as as much a a poet as I am a neurosurgeon. They continue to promote, along with the “ARTICULATE” Obama, this jive, rap, ebonic language that is not spoken in the everyday business world. They fail to realize that “THEY” are the racists, and they are the ones who are hurting the youth in their pursuit of a productive job. LONG LIVE OBAMA”S GOVERNMENT PLANTATION.

        • patriot45

          How can anyone be so naive? This hateful racist has supported two murderous thugs in his raps, and the White House partons call him a poet? YOu and Obama seem to fall into the same category, do whatever it takes to fool the folks into thinking whatever he pleases by using lies, deception, and inuendo of his enemies.

    • Cecilio Mendez

      Sir, if you prefer to wait until everything is clear, and confess that there are some areas of this issue you know little or nothing about, I suggest you keep your commentaries for some other day and some other issue. One of the problems with America is precisely this: afraid to hurt someone else “sensibilities”; while those others have not the same “caring” for they. Rappers are (generally)against any and all decent and accepted behavior. They say what they mean and mean what they say. Do not be so naive as to believe that when they say “something” they are “recommending” others not to do it. NOT!

      • Kinetic1

        Cecilio,
        If, as you say rappers “say what they mean and mean what they say.” then you should be interested in the lyrics of Commons “Letter to the Law”:
        “My people on the block got a lotta Pac in them
        And when we roll together, we be rocking them
        To sleep
        No time for that, cause there’s things to be done
        Stay true to what I do so the youth dream come
        From project building, seen a fiend being hung
        With that happening, why they messing with Saddam?”

        It’s about the frustration of living in the inner city. The lyrics talk about how the police won’t come into their part of town, how the government is more concerned about a supposed threat in another country but won’t put the same energy and resources into our own cities. It talks about the desire to strive for peace and the reality of having to defend yourself. Funny thing is, it’s not al that different from what many of you on this site espouse. You want America to come together, but you don’t trust our leaders to get us there. You don’t feel the government will defend your property rights so you talk about the need to arm yourselves.

        • Thamera

          uh huh…how long have you been listening to rap Kinetic1?

          • Kinetic1

            Thamera,
            How long have you been able to read?

          • http://?? Joe H.

            kinetic,
            How long have you been able to read minds??? BTW I don’t know about Thamera, but some of us have been reading AND comprehending longer than you been alive!!!

        • JUKEBOX

          I am so glad we have an EBONICS translator on this blog!

        • Cawmun Cents

          I disagree…we will rally around a righteous leader,but not the one that currently holds office.As the wise man once said,”We rally round the family,with a pocket full of shells.”An inner city anthem no doubt.But we have seen the job that progressive social engineering has done and we are left wondering why we should back that play.You see many of us know from a clear example,that we cant engineer ourselves out of a hole.We have to just muster up the courage and crawl out.The man in the office now wants to socially engineer us out of the hole.This cannot be done without making the hole deeper,so we cannot support his methods.I dont need a bureaucracy to tell me how to climb out of a hole.I need to get about doing it.Since we are all in the hole together,we have to agree to a consensus.But to dig the hole deeper before we climb out is not an option,so we cannot follow the current leader,Capice?

    • crystal

      I have to disagree with you. I don’t think you’ve listened to Common’s earlier songs. As a black woman, he along with 99.5% of the other rappers should be exiled from this country. I am neither a bitc& or a &oe. I don’t sell drugs, I don’t murder police officers, nor do I have no desire to visit or live in a penitentiary. What’s so sad about the whole thing is the Obama’s really think this is how you influence black youth.

      • Dale on the left coast

        Might I suggest a “One Way Ticket to Cuba” . . . you are right Christal, they are a big Negative to the youth of America!!!

      • JC

        Dale, we keep Crystal and send Obama and his fat sidekick along with the Rapper to Cuba…or Kenya…or China…

        • JUKEBOX

          Obama can join Common the next time he returns to see his convicted murderer escapee girlfriend in Cuba. Maybe he and Castro can have a Cuban cigar and a beer together.

      • Cawmun Cents

        Perhaps someone could rap about how progressive societal engineering is an epic fail?

      • Rebecca

        Crystal, THANK YOU! I am caucasion but have many close friends and coworkers who are women of color who have worked hard and raised children with no help from ANYONE in or out of the government, black nor white. They are neither bit&*S nor hoes but everytime I turn on the tv that is how they are sterotyped. Talking about degrading and devaluing black women (actually women in general), most rappers rap non stop about parts of the female anatomy, baby mommas and such. I am so sick of it and so glad that you, Crystal are standing up and clearing up the misunderstandings that the media allows these idiots to portray. You go girl!

        • crystal

          Thanks Rebecca, that’s a wonderful compliment. The thing about “Gangsta Rap” is that it is so foreign to anything remotely civilized. You’re right some of the lyrics will turn your face completely beet red.

    • http://www.reformdc.com nax777

      The parties win, we lose. What else is there to know.

      The Governing parties are unbeatable. It is inhumane to limit the number of immigrants. Life does not begin at conception. These believes combined has and always will wipe out the culture that holds them.

      The stage was set for people to be divided from each other before the founding of the United States. The attempt to unite the people was not and most likely never will be easy. It seems all too easy to pit people against each other and fan the flames.

      Dems & Pubs are faceless but focused power hungry inanities. Do you want the power or freedom?

      Protect your right to self-preservation. Only those with a strong will to maintain numbers and a defensive army will prosper. The more people that engage in distraction the easier it is for the focused.

      Goooh.com, NumbersUSA.com and SBA-list.org depend on active rolls from people as any movement needs in order to succeed. Reformdc.com links to these movements, you might be able to click on my name.

    • spongekill

      You’re right, the only point worth debating in this whole absurd non-issue is that of Assata Shakur, who actually doesn’t really have anything to do with Common, Michelle Obama, or anything else. Hers is a debate of courtroom justice, since large swaths of people believe her trial was unfair, due to crucial medical evidence in her favor being apparently ignored. Common simply happens to be one of those people, and O’Reilly was the only bloviator with the brains to make this actual connection. However, clearly most people just took that Common was a rapper, and thus must be an evil, murdering lunatic. O’Reilly put a little more thought into it in finding Common’s support of Shakur, but what he didn’t explain to his audience (who no doubt have never heard of Common OR Assata Shakur) is the controversial nature of Shakur’s conviction in the first place.

    • Jay

      Jeremy, you have the heart and mind of a politician!

    • (WIA) Wild Indian in Action

      Jeremy Leochner, You, Mooshcelle. Baracka Usama Obaummer,common are just a bunch of “Mammey Jammers” in a white House Ghetto. (offensive words removed

  • granny mae

    This guy is a disgrace to American society ! To advocate killing cops at any time is wrong. These are songs that young children listen to all the time ! You can reserve judgment if you want to but I won’t. It is am abomination right along with most everything else done by the Obamas ! They demonstrate a blatent lack of concern for all of America and play to just those of their race and militant thinking ! It is disgusting in my opinion !

    • Mick

      I totally agree with you.
      I believe that our freedom of speech has been high jacked by the degenerates, we have to use the ” S ” word or the “N” word but it’s find and dandy for rapers and so called artists to entice violence against decent folks under the pretext of being ‘Art ” and we fund a lot of this so called “Art ” to boot.
      How low will America stoop before it regains its integrity and common sense ? IF EVER .

      • Doc Sarvis

        There are just as many vulgar slurs, name calling, and threatening language on this site if you take an honest look at it.

        • Mick

          There are just as many vulgar slurs, name calling, and threatening language on this site if you take an honest look at it.

          Doc …………I don’t recall many advocating killing cops on this site. We do have people calling a spade a spade or if your prefer letting some people know to wear the slipper if it fits but they don’t make a living at polarizing young minds with the violent behavior these so called celebrities advocate………

          • Kinetic1

            Mick,
            I beg to differ. On this site I have read calls to kill Gays, Liberals, Muslims and individual politicians. I have read calls for violence against the President, his wife and his supporters. Ignoring all this and returning to the point of the article. what disturbs me most is how many people on this site are willing to assume that, because Common is a Hip Hop artist/Rapper that he must be just like “all the others.” No one blinked an eye when Johnny Cash met with the President, but this is another time and another President. This would have and should have been a non-story, but Fox did their usual hit job, digging for another hand full of mud to fling. It’s all about the Nielsens.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            kinetic,
            How many cops did Johnny Cash call for us to kill? how many women did he sing about being whores? Remember now, I mean using the words!!

          • http://?? Joe H.

            Kinetic,
            Yeah well, if progs would control your thoughts……….

        • crystal

          Mainly by you, Sarvis. These people on this site aren’t making millions selling personal comments to youth through music — or what they’ve distorted music to be.

        • Dale on the left coast

          Once again Doc . . . you prove you are an “Unhinged, lieberal Loon” . . . and that ain’t no TUNE . . . LOL

          • Doc Sarvis

            I rest my case.

        • JC

          Doc Sarvis says:

          May 16, 2011 at 8:34 am

          There are just as many vulgar slurs, name calling, and threatening language on this site if you take an honest look at it.
          ________________________________________________________________
          Considering your Communist bend…you are in the running for most vulgar statements yourself.

        • Thamera

          Really Doc? Listen to a lot of rap do you? How about ICP? hahahahahahaha, to make such a dumb statement comparing this forum to the the majority of rap lyrics…i think NOT!

        • Jay

          Just another idiotic comment from the “head full of sand” crowd!

        • (WIA) Wild Indian in Action

          Doc Sarvis, you are so correct, so Please be polite go (offensive words removed)

        • Cawmun Cents

          Yes but then again we arent becoming obscenely rich for our sentiments are we?We arent selling our obscenity for public consumption either.Hey maybe we should start our own rap record label.Call it,”the left sucks,but we need their bucks…”Then we can capitalize on our debauchery.Thanks Doc for inspiring us……haw!

    • marmo

      brain washing starts at an early age, get ‘em when they’re young.

    • spongekill

      Granny Mae: PLEASE PLEASE point out one instance in which Common advocated KILLING COPS.

    • JUKEBOX

      Don’t forget the white part of Obama, who supports and befriends the white terrorists, Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dorn.

  • Insurgent

    What do people expect? It is the price we still pay for slavery; this will never end !!
    If you voted for Buckwheat in 2008, it proves you are not racist.
    If you vote for Buckwheat in 2012, it will prove you are a frickin’ idiot.

    • crystal

      I think Buckwheat would have done a much better job. As a matter of fact, I think the entire group of “Little Rascals” would be better at running out government.

      • CJM

        Crystal: I wholeheartedly agree with you on this. I still watch the re-runs when they are available–and you know, those youngsters make more sense about the world then the incumbent administration AND congress.

      • JC

        The first 400 people in the phone book would do a better job.

        • http://?? Joe H.

          JC,
          ANY name in the book could!!!

      • JUKEBOX

        Or maybe the Keystone Cops or the Three Stooges, they were at least a lot funnier.

  • Don Ror

    And they wonder why they constantly call down disrespect on their race and deserve whatever they are called.

    • crystal

      The problem is Don, is that the majority of people buying this garbage rap is your white youth. Black people as a whole would put rappers out of business, because we just don’t buy it. Well some do, but the majority find it disgusting and distasteful.

      • spongekill

        That’s a grossly inaccurate statement.

      • spongekill

        Not least because you’ve lumped the entirety of rappers together, and if you knew the first thing about rappers you would be aware that hip-hop goes far beyond the “guns and ho’s” type of nonsense which you are using to needlessly mischaracterize thousands of more respectable artists.

        • Ken

          Mischaracterization seems to be your speciality.
          Respect is earned NOT deserved.

        • http://?? Joe H.

          spongekill,
          Suggest YOU read the words to GO! and Testify before you post. If, of course, you are able!

        • crystal

          Sorry spongekill, but rapp and hip hop are two different types of music. Rapp is a vile distortion of hiphop.

      • JC

        crystal says:

        May 16, 2011 at 9:40 am

        The problem is Don, is that the majority of people buying this garbage rap is your white youth
        ___________________________________________________________________

        I agree with that statement. I really think it’s funny watching a group of 14 year old white boys acting like they’re from east LA or Compton.
        You kids need to pull up your pants and figure out where the front of your head is! LOL

      • Jay

        So true Crystal, nothing more pathetic then whitey acting like homey! First get whitey hooked on mind numbing drugs, then replace his personality or identity with rap music. End result, Vanilla Ice! Embarrassing!

        • JUKEBOX

          This is what Dr. Savage refers to as Borders Language, and Culture.

  • Dickeyman

    I agree, at least in part, with Insurgent – the reverse racism and the fight against “the man” including police officers, is unlikely to end. Why? Because black men and women have been, and continue to be, effectively brainwashed by their so-called leaders, such as Obamas, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Black Hollywood, etc., etc. They have been told for 30 years a lie that white men and every system they’ve put in place is evil and built to hold them down. So, instead of believeing a message of hope, like those from Ronald Reagan, that say “if we get Gov’t obstacles out of your way, and you work hard, you will prosper.” Interesting, black men and women have more and more prominent positions and prosperity every year. Yet, many continue to ignore that FACT. The black leadership has an advantage in this battle for the minds and psyche of Black America – It is a much harder road to take responsibility for yourself, than to simply accept defeat and lash out in anger at your “oppressor.” Sad state.

    • crystal

      It’s the only way types like Sharpton, Obama, and Jackson can earn a living. If Black people wake up, they go broke.

  • Raggs

    Enpowering the black community to rise up and take what is not theirs.

    Am I correct?

    • Mick

      Raggs

      What burns me is that the white majority LET 13% of the population impose the moral direction of this very fine country ..How can this be ???

      • Raggs

        Yeah sad isn’t it… I figure george soros and his media ( every station but Fox ), the unions and the “minorties” are the problem.

        Hopefully many of the folks that voted ( ? ) for obama has seen the destruction he wields to this country.

      • Doc Sarvis

        It can’t. You pose a false premise.

        • Jay

          Doc, you, are a false premise! That’s why you read every statement from the right as a false premise! Just saying…

        • (WIA) Wild Indian in Action

          Doc Sarvis, Stupid is as Stupid does, Now be polite and go (offensive words removed)

      • crystal

        I’m part of that 13% you speak of. It’s your youth that are buying that rubbish, not ours (Black youth). If you ever go to one of those disgusting rap concerts, notice the percentage of white youth outnumber any other race there. Maybe you should have done a better job raising your own kids.

        • Mick

          I’m part of that 13% you speak of. It’s your youth that are buying that rubbish, not ours (Black youth). If you ever go to one of those disgusting rap concerts, notice the percentage of white youth outnumber any other race there. Maybe you should have done a better job raising your own kids.
          **************************
          Unfortunately crystal you are an exception to he rule,out of that 13% I would love to see 7% with your way of thinking but it’s not the case…..
          I am usually very much on your side…..

        • Cawmun Cents

          Its part of the false premise that 13% of the people are imposing their moral direction on the people,dont you realize that?The same 13%that dont have a clue why,when they exhibit the same tendencies as their tribal ancestors back in the old continent do,they live in ghettos and have rampant gang violence.The same 13% that back the democratic party no matter what when all you have to do is look at the inner cities(Detroit for example)to realize that their policies have failed miserably.Yet you cannot make the blind see.And you can lead a person to knowledge,but you cant make them think.Another false premise right Doc?

      • JUKEBOX

        The white youths want to be Black!

  • 2WarAbnVet

    Perhaps the Obamas felt they needed to restore their “street cred” with their racist supporters.

    • Doc Sarvis

      This string overflows with racist comments from President Obama’s detractors.

      • JC

        Racist comments? Is that all you’ve got? What “racist” comments?

        • Jay

          JC, obviously doc is unaware of the fact that there are..shhh black people among the Obama detractors! Do you think we should tell him?

      • Jay

        Black Anti-Obama Marchers Rally On White House

        “We recognize that Barack Hussein Obama is white power in Black face,” yelled Omali Yeshitela, leader of the Black is Back coalition, into a megaphone as she marched outside of the White House.
        “Hundreds” of Black Americans peacefully protested President Obama’s current initiatives during his first year in office.

        More than 200 hundred people were believed to have gathered at the event which marks the first time a majority Black public display of descent has been displayed against the nation’s first Black President. Those in attendance slung verbal barbs at President Obama, claiming that he is not bringing the “hope” and “change” that he promised while similarly blasting him for what they claim is Washington’s international “imperialist” agenda.

        Among the most vocal in attendance was Charles Baron, former Black Panther and New York City councilman, whom was adamant of the President’s apparent lack of concern for the Black community.
        “We’re not satisfied with him,” said Baron of one of the most famous Presidents in history. To have a

        Black person exploiting me just like a white person, that’s no easier pain… this hope and change rap has not been a reality for Black people.”
        The group also called for the release of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a former member of the Black Panther Party who was convicted of killing a white police officer in 1982. He has since been given the death penalty.

        http://hiphopwired.com/2009/11/09/black-anti-obama-marchers-rally-on-white-house/

      • (WIA) Wild Indian in Action

        Doc Sarvis, (offensive words removed)

    • JUKEBOX

      Barry wants to convince his base that he is 99.9% black, not half & half, just like he has throughout his political career.

  • momplayer

    We’re still rewriting history.No one ever mentions that when slaves were brought in to this country most of them were sold by their own family or tribe to the slavers. No one ever mentions that Lincoln only freed the slave north of the Mason-Dixon line.No one mentions jesse jackson was part of the black panthers.White people do not have the naacp,united negro college fund or miss black america. If white people tried this we’re racist.obama celebrates his black heritage only because it recieves more press.I feel bad for his white grandparents who have been pushed aside as though they don’t exist.

    • crystal

      You sound like a fool. Most of the Africans sold into slavery were P.O.W.s due to tribal wars. Those that lost the war, lost their freedom and became slaves to the victor. The victor was able to trade the losers to the Europeans. I thought your brand of historical knowledge went the way of the Ku Klux Klan.

      • momplayer

        Yea just as I said. Everytime you say anything about obama being a half breed instead of a “Black President” you are labeled a racist. Let’s keep playing that game.

        • crystal

          …but you missed the history portion.

      • JC

        Crystal, I really like your take on things. A Black woman who knows her history. Awesome.

        People tend to think the Americans “invented” slavery.
        Wrong, the French, Dutch, English, Spanish and the Portuguese were buying slaves from other Black tribesman and shipping them all over the planet.
        You don’t really think that a bunch of well to do white people actually went into the jungle or out on the savannah’s of Africa to trap slaves do you?
        Nope, they bought them, from other Black people.

        And just for fun, the Constitution of the Southern Confederacy stated that slavery was to be abolished…as opposed to Lincoln’s Emancipation proclamation wherein he does not mention freeing the slaves of the north.

        Make of it what you will, but certainly the school book history is very distorted.

        • JUKEBOX

          I guess none of these pseudo intellectuals ever read about the Jews being enslaved by the Egyptians over 2000 years ago, or about the slaves in the Roman Empire. Oh well, that’s how it is when you are taught revisionist history.

    • crystal

      In addition momplayer, Jesse Jackson was never a member of the Black Panther Party. I’m sure you don’t know that history either. Don’t get the new brand mixed up with the original group. Lincoln freed the slaves in the territories that succeeded from the Union. He was a politician and played the politician game. He didn’t have any true love for Black people. Lincoln was trying to keep the Union together. He couldn’t have cared less whether slaves were freed; just as long as slavery didn’t spread into new acquired territories. Miss Black America, Black History Month, etc., were created durin Jim Crow times. Since Black people are still missing out of the U.S. history books, these types of things will remain. Most Black people think the NAACP is outdated, but it served a good purpose during the Civil Rights Movement. The United Negro College Fund is a charity. If you don’t like it, don’t give money to it. Simple as that! There are so many other charities you can give to for instance, Ku Klux Klan has a charity, Skinheads would kindly take your money, I don’t think rich oil tycoons would turn you down, etc. These are just some examples you can use (or donate to) in order to appease your misery.

      Not all Black people voted for Obama.

      • independant thinker

        I was taught about George Washington Carver and other blacks that had done noteable things in the 50′s and 60′s in a southern school.

      • momplayer

        As far as jesse jackson not being a black panther check you history you will find him in pictures with malcom x. As far a Lincoln freeing the slaves north of the mason-dixon line again check you history. Only the states that did not succeed are north of the mason-dixon line.As far as the united negro college fund being a charity you missed my whole point. My point being if we had a united white college fund ect ect we would be racist as your comments shows about me joining the kkk.There are alot of black people mentioned in history books Georger washington Carver,Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks just to name a few. So don’t tell me to join the kkk, you need to access your racial views and find out where you stand.

        • JUKEBOX

          You need to restudy your history books. The states North of the Mason Dixon line DID succeed, for they won the Civil War. The states South of the Mason Dixon line did SECEDE, but lost the Civil War. Please don’t display your ignorance.

        • crystal

          Momplayer, you’re getting the groups confused. Malcolm X was a member of the Nation of Islam. The Nation of Islam was not part of the Black Panther Party. The Black Panther Party were not muslims. Jesse Jackson was not a muslim. Jesse Jackson was not part of the Black Pangther Party either. During the Civil Rights Movement these groups were key players, but Jesse Jackson at the time was in the movement Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After the death of King, Jesse Jackson went on to create Operation Bread Basket. BUT again, Jesse Jackson was not a member of the Black Panther Party.

  • http://none Henry Stumpf

    You will be known by the friends you associate with!

  • SS McDonald

    Does this article refer to the First Woman? There is a difference between woman and lady, taught me by my mother at an early age.

  • Raggs

    We need a rap about voting obama out in 2012 maybe that will reach the youth and minorities…..

    • Dan az

      Raggs
      Thats really a good idea.Turn the tables.

    • crystal

      LOL.

  • RKZ777

    Some of you have it right. Yes,obama and his wife are radical – socialist, groomed by the democrats to bring this country to its knees, while all the while flaunting their way of life in front of everyone, the white house a bedroom for revelry and disgust. The street punks and thugs will continue to be invited. If you voted for this individual, then you got everything you deserve – don’t complain! Whats bad about this is, the good people, the true Constitution believing Americans have to put up with this and suffer through it. GOD PROTECT OUR CHILDREN AND OUR COUNTRY FROM THIS GANGRENE.

    • crystal

      Excellent comment. The reason Obama is in office is because of the naive voters of this country. How could so many people believe that load of crap?

      • juswonderin

        I’m a white senior citizen & I’m amazed at how quickly we turn on each other! God made all of us & HE chose to make the races of people different. There are good black, yellow, brown, red & white people. There’s also bad people of the same races liste above. The saying of ” UNITED WE STAND; DIVIDED WE FALL” is coming more & more imminent every day. I like what Morgan Freeman says (which by the way is a black man) when he says that he doesn’t want to be called a “black man” but call him an American! I think that’s how it went, but he doesn’t want a “black history month” black colleges, or special rights to black people. However, we don’t hear that much now do we? He’s a wonderful man & I respect him, but i don’t know ALL about him! He’s an American citizen! I also respect Congressman Allen West of Florida who is a Republican & a black man. I think he has a lot of good ideas & a great American. He’s a good example for our country & our youth; he’s a military man, loves our country & is not afraid to speak his mind. I only wish we could get him to run for President, cuz I would definately vote for him. It matters not if someone is white, black, brown, yellow, purple or green! C’mon, WE ARE AMERICANS!! For too many generations, there has been way too much slandering of races. We’re all made in the image of God, surely we can come together for the good of our country & our future generations! I can’t stand what Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Jerimiah Wright, George Soros, Michael Moore, Rockfeller, & so many others that are tearing our country apart & then all the illegals invading our country & the terrorists infiltrating & recruiting our citizens. We have a lot more to be concerned about than to tear each other apart because of race. We NEED to come together & stand against the tyrinny(spelling?)that’s being pushed onto us by the One Worlders, the U.N.& the awful treaties that past & present presidents have signed onto to give the U.N. more authority over our lives, families, & country. We’re losing our sovereignty people! THAT’S WHAT MATTERS THE MOST; at least that’s my opinion!

        • Dan az

          juswonderin
          And thats a good opinion and thats why we need to spread it around.By stating our opinions its like a pyramid each person we come into contact with, we need to state our opinions and plant the seeds and when we can wake up a few they will wake up a few and so on.

        • Cawmun Cents

          What I am wondering is…what does someones artistic liscense,have to do with race?If I argue that some rapper has made inappropriate statements about law enforcement officials in his lyrics,what does that have to do with race?That is all that was done.How can you equate that with burning crosses and white supremacy?How….unless you are mentally defficient,does race even become part of the issue?Is any criticism of an African American racism?That would seem to be the case under current liberal thinking.To make a statement about someones character,integrity,and proper use of good taste is not racism.If you choose to make it about racism,then you had better check yourself.You had best recognize the person in the mirror has become what they reflect upon others.

          • Thamera

            Exactly Cawmun…ICP is probably one of the most offensive rap groups I have ever had the misfortune to listen to, and they aren’t black.

      • JUKEBOX

        The Obama votors are the very people who believe that Africans are the only people to be slaves in the history of the world, don’t know thw difference between succeed and secede, don’t know the difference between ask and AX, and have never been taught that this country was founded without Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, or Food Stamps.

      • Rebecca

        Regarding Obama…the African-American part of his heritage never bothered me…it was his ties to the Muslim community, admitted or not that bothers me. It wasn’t African people who bombed the Pentagon and Twin Towers…it was Muslims. And this didn’t alarm those who voted for him? That in and of itself alarms me for the future of this country.

  • Johnny American

    This is just another way for the obama to get the use of the free news to get the voter’s to hear what his action is to cause a race war here in the USA and want them to back him on the take over of the free country as we has know for the last 200 years are so and to take its away from all of the peoples of the USA and their freedom its does not matter to obama who the peoples are as of the race of the peoples as long had he have the title of king obama of the new found obamaland of the world

  • spongekill

    It’s painfully clear that none of you people knows a single bloody thing about Common, a guy who is universally known as probably the most G-rated and uncontroversial rapper on the planet. I mean, his whole angle is being inoffensive and nice…the dude is in Gap ads and romantic comedies. He lives in an upscale family neighborhood. He’s a vegetarian for god’s sake. I’m no fan of his because I find him annoying, but the things people are saying about him are just laughably inaccurate. I was cracking up watching Hannity make a blithering attempt to paint him as some sort of bloodthirsty killer. I mean, that’s HILARIOUS. COMMON, a THUG and a COP KILLER!!!! It’s like calling Kenny G a heavy metal act… or a Julia Roberts movie a porno.

    Beyond the humor of you sorry individuals trying to make sense of the outside world, it’s actually quite sad that you have all fallen so eagerly for what is a blatant hack job (and a really awful, pathetic one at that) by the right wing’s media department to try and score political points against Obama.. really, there are far more important things to be discussed, and COMMON is what Fox News decides is worth devoting time to???? Seriously guys, get real.

    • Doc Sarvis

      Thanks for your points – well made and presented.

      • spongekill

        Apologies for unnecessary insults. Sometimes I become frustrated at the obliviousness of my beloved countrymen.

        • JC

          So, Common is a decent guy. Ok fair enough. But he really should try and be seen in better company than the Obama’s. THOSE people are truly disgusting.

      • JUKEBOX

        I agree, he has pointed out that Common is as phony and duplicitous as Obama, for he portrays himself as a hero of the ghetto people, even though he is from a wealthy, well educated family. That is reality!

    • Cawmun Cents

      What you meant to say is that he acts only slightly less white than the current resident of the Ivy League Academics Home for Disturbed Progressive Liberals,or what we used to call the White House.

      • spongekill

        What I mean to say is that this is (A) a non-issue because it’s COMMON, the softest rapper in the world, (B) very blatantly a propaganda piece designed to perpetuate the alienation of gullible voters from Obama, and (C) a laughably stupid target for such a scheme… because it’s COMMON.

    • Raggs

      spongebob…. who lives in the sea…. under a rock….

      • spongekill

        Right, because that makes sense. And those aren’t even the words to the song, speaking of living under a rock.

        • Raggs

          Well I don’t watch cartoons and drink kool-aid so what can I say?

    • Ken

      Hey spongekill,
      Check this site out: http://www.allthelyrics.com/lyrics/common/
      How many people like to hear about niggaz, hoes and motherf—ers? In or out of contest, this is TOTAL TRASH. Love or hate the obamas, this is a TOTALLY stupid move for any youth.
      Suck on that you IMMORAL IDIOT.

      • Ken

        Context ot contest. I am a true blue AMERICAN but spelling was never my strong point. Really just didn’t reach far enough down to hit the x instead of the s..

      • spongekill

        Suck on what, the fact that you just proved my point by linking to Common’s lyrics which basically all deal with escaping violent neighborhoods and crime, focusing on family and love, bettering the black community and improving race relations?

        • Ken

          (How many people like to hear about niggaz, hoes and motherf—ers)
          You missed the REAL point FOOL.
          Your come back only proves you only read what you want too. I don’t think most Black Women enjoy being referd to as hoe or nigga. If this is what you call story telling then take it to bathroom with you and wipe with it because the story is only tearing the family DOWN.
          Your still and IDIOT!!!!!!!!!
          If this is what you and the obamas consider educational, no wonder this country is rolling down a steep mountain like a snowball headed to HELL. (Had to use that one) HA!! HA!!

        • crystal

          Spongekill, you need to listen to the music before the White House.

        • Cawmun Cents

          There has been one progressive liberal democrat or another,in the office of mayor of Detroit for the last 50 years.But have we seen any bringing of the black people out of their ghettos?Nope.So much for progressive social engineering.What about the nations literacy rate and the failing school system?So much for progressive social engineering.Has the crime rate gone up or down in the places where there is progressive socila engineering?So you have to ask yourself….how has progressive social engineering benefitted me?How has it benefitted the black people in the inner cities?Has 50 years of it benefitted Detroit?Has it benefitted California,New York,Massachusetts?If the answer is no…then why are you still touting their agenda?

    • crystal

      Spongekill, I don’t know who you’re listening to, but as a mother of a young man, I had to clean up my son’s rapp collection and that includes Common.

      • DeniseP

        Crystal– You are one special mom!! Keep it up. I teach third grade and some of the things my students see, hear and sing would make any mom’s toes curl.

  • J.M.R.

    with trash in the white house what else can we expect but more trash

  • http://com i41

    It [s the end result of the piss poor parenting and the dumbocrap idea that government knows how to educate the mush brains. Most are crossbred minorities are wards of the government. Anytime you drive somewhere look at what is going on at the so called parks, drug dealing, or rapping, pounding pumkins non stop, and pimping. It isn’t just 8-14 yr olds, it is 18-30 yr olds. No jobs, too f–king worthless to work or to damn dumb to wash dishes, but all have $250 shoes and do nothing. Most have long rap sheets, and are multi generation welfare smucks. Why should the suffok buck sheep in the WH be any different, always a crook and a liar living off of some one else’s money. He has Soros, the union thug leader, and muslims all in visiting him in the WH, as well as any radical domestic terrorist that he is close, friends that should be barred from the WH, due to security reasons. This dregges of the black community being in the WH, because of the an invation from the communist Big Mamee should not come as a surprise. When media and azz kisser like Bill O’Rielly claiming Onumnutts did not really know about this niggardlt rapper, get in the real world.

  • RWT001

    This is still the early stages of destruction of our civil society, which has now progressed to the highest level of government. The Obama administration has riddled the government with revolutionaries who want to tear down what was started in 1776 and replace it with their control and lack of values. This is the uncivilized replacing the civilized.

  • http://com i41

    Onumnutts did not have a decent parenting or even his grandparents on what ever side, were marxist/communist freaks. Why should Americans expect anything normal from the marxist muslim since all his good “buddies”, radical domestic terrorists and muslim pedophile worshipping freaks. All communist/socialist/marxist to the core from the 30′s on who hate the USA and our system of capitalism to earn something in life. All should have been sent to zoo in the monkey cage and the milk feed to the hogs.

    • JUKEBOX

      I have often wondered if his Grandfather’s good friend, Frank Marshall Davis, who Obama speaks of so fondly in his book, could actualy be Barry’s real daddy.

  • chuckb

    rap, is the liberal democrat version of classical music. man is reverting back to the stone age. years ago and few people noticed at the time, a new york reporter, woman, arranged to meet with some ghetto gangsters and spend the day walking thru the sewers with them. they were conversing with each other in rap dialect, she was taken in by it and marveled how they could speak in this fashion. the main reason was they couldn’t speak english very well. teachers in oakland during the sixties were teaching black students math in this fashion, the only way they could get their attention.

    • Ken

      Hey Chuck,
      I think it was called ebonics. If it worked and the kids got the education they needed, then it is acceptable. But , it should NEVER accepted as the rule. I think most people here would like to see other people in our society educated. We could all get a long better then, I think.

      • JUKEBOX

        Why not teach them Swahili or some other African language, which might earn them a better job than Ebonics.

  • chuckb

    ken, it wasn’t called ebonics, these kids were taught by musical cadence.
    yes, we need to educate everybody and our school system is failing miserably. we have reduced the curriculum in order to let failing students achieve some status, however, this handicaps other students from learning. the teachers that told me how they taught in oakland did not approve of this way of teaching.

    some people cannot learn to a high degree and society shouldn’t punish those that can. singing like a rapper in the classroom doesn’t cut it with me. for those that cannot require a higher learning we should have trade schools, we all can’t be brain surgeons or physics professors. the liberal intention of teaching all students at a paticular level so all can succeed is wrong, no one succeeds then.

    • Ken

      Thank you Chuck,
      Now I understand. As I said earlier, my Wife is in the local school system and sees what you are talking about all the time. The shame is that so many people in our society still have no clue as to what responsibility means. If they have kids, they should take on the responsibility. Many of these kids are from crack heads and being raised by the streets. I couldn’t agree more with your last comment my friend.

  • Jay

    There are many defenders of Common who object to the characterization of him as a “gangsta rapper.”

    They point out that not all of his work contains the violent, angry imagery that characterizes gangsta rap.

    They also point out that Common does not live what many consider a “gangsta lifestyle;” as one commentator on a talk radio show stated, Common has not actually personally killed anyone.

    But looking at Common’s somewhat more controversial work, such as “A Letter to the Law,” this defense seems to be unconvincing.

    For example:
    “Tell the law, my Uzi weighs a ton / I walk like a warrior, / from them I won’t run”

    Clearly the lyrics brings forth the image of an urban youth resisting the police with an automatic weapon.

    Then there are the verses about George W. Bush.

    “With that happening, why they messing with Saddam? / Burn a Bush cos’ for peace he no push no button / Killing over oil and grease / no weapons of destruction”

    Common’s defenders say that “Burn a Bush” is simply a metaphor. But taken together with the violent verses in the rest of the song, there is reason to doubt this.

    “A Song for Assata” celebrates a Black Panther revolutionary who assumed the name “Assata Shakur,” and who was convicted of murdering a New Jersey state trooper in 1973, was sent to prison, was broken out of prison, and is now living as a fugitive in Cuba. This song sparked outrage among police officers, including the public service union representing the New Jersey State Police. The song, which at the same time maintains Assata’s innocence and celebrates her career as a revolutionary, is also filled with the

    kind of violent images characteristic of gangsta rap:

    “Cover your eyes as I describe a scene so violent / Seemed like a bad dream, she laid in a blood puddle / Blood bubbled in her chest, cold air brushed against open flesh / No room to rest, pain consumed each breath / Shot twice wit her hands up”

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ac/20110511/pl_ac/8454007_will_the_gangsta_rapper_common_controversy_affect_obamas_support_among_police_unions_1

    • crystal

      Many of the rappers don’t live what they rapp. They make it, sell it, and go home. In the past year you heard Jayz (husband of Beyonce) state that he was sorry for the things he said in his music.

  • crystal

    What most people are forgetting, is that Obama took an oath for the entire country, not just liberals.

  • DeniseP

    Do you want to know about unemployment and feeling forgotten? Take a look at the Indian reservations.

  • chuckb

    the one big question, they call this crap music!!!

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