Tara Servatius Obama Photo Dust Up - CP is a fan of Tara Servatius, the petite scribe and former talk show host has been a target of the right for sometime and has a lot on her mind.
Monday Tara posted a rather distasteful picture, that was almost cartoonish in nature along with her take on the President's sudden objection to North Carolina's proposed gay marriage ban.
The photo was that of a gay leprechaun with a pot of gold, photo shopped with Obama's face and a bucket of fried chicken which you can see here.
The trouble with the photo is two fold, first the depiction of the President included a bucket of KFC.
There is some ongoing joke about black people and fried chicken. Lenny Kravitz actor/musician was recently asked what he liked most about Charlotte and his answer was "Price's Chicken Coop" so there you have that.
Second the photo was a distraction from Tara's point about North Carolina, a must win for Obams's 2012 election and the vast number of liberal minded young people in the Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham area that the Obama campaign is courting.
Yesterday Tara resigned as a contributor to The Meck Deck and the Charlotte Observer's Peter St. Onge did a happy dance with a personal attack that included:
"As for Servatius, once one of Charlotte's most dogged reporters: The former WBT talk radio host/Meck Deck blogger is running out of platforms to belch from. The beauty of the First Amendment is that she can rev up a new blog anytime she wants, maybe even for an employer willing to laugh at her next Obama joke."
Five days after she posted the photo, it has become a national hot issue and Tara has more exposure than she ever got with talking for 3 hours a day on WBT.
Huffington Post story of Tara is here and the Charlotte Observer's personal attack on Tara is here.
Charlotte Knight's Baseball - Opening Day is just two weeks away and Knight's Baseball will get things started this weekend with Knight's Fest.
Included in Saturday's events is a game between CMPD's Blue Hornets and the Chicago Finest at 1:30.
The Charlotte Knights web-site is here The CMPD Blue Hornets web site is here.
CMPD Crown Vic's Shed Paint - By know you may have noticed that some of CMPD's white Crown Vic are losing big chunks of paint. Staff at Autobell's Piper Glen location tell CP that every time CMPD cruiser 673 rolls through the car wash, it leaves behind a trail of white paint chips.
The trouble is the aluminium parts that Ford used were contaminated in the manufacturing process and the paint did not adhere properly. Good news the unpainted surface is aluminum and won't rust.
Ford has issued a national recall and has proposed repainting the cars, but that would require taking the cars out of service. CMPD apparently doesn't like that idea and claims they don't have enough cars to take the two dozen or so effected Crown Vic's out of service, so the cruisers will roll on leaving a trail of paint along Charlotte's streets.
Trayvon Martin - It seems to have taken longer than I would have expected for Al Sharpton to show up in Florida.
Trayvon was black, and Zimmerman is Hispanic and there in lies the issue and the issue is race. When it is Black vs Latino and white authority decides Black loses. The cry is justice for Trayvon but the issue is much deeper than justice.
Travon Martin was staying with family when he decided to walk to a nearby Circle K in an area troubled with break ins and petty theft. Zimmermand the shooter is clearly a nut case police officer wanna be. How Zimmerman received a permit to own a gun is beyond me.
On that rainy night Martin fit the profile of trouble wearing a hoodie shuffling along then fast walking avoiding eye contact, hands in his pockets. Had police intercepted Martin before Zimmerman the encounter might had ended differently. The key is might.
What is lost in the story from Main Stream Media is "the talk". At some point in each young man's life his parents should have the talk. Because America fears black youth many parents have cautiously explained a simple fact to their boys, you are black and if you act a certain way you will be considered a threat.
My parents some where along the way explained the cold hard facts to me. Long hair and blue jeans with holes in them made people think stoner, druggie, junkie, loser. They also explained that respect for authority is also imperative, something lost on many teens.
Americans have a habit of cubby holing people, based on age, skin color, dress style of hair.
Wearing a hoodie up over his head Trayvon Martin was "profiled" as a threat, had police responded and had Trayvon rushed towards the police the result would have been the same.