Former congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. is set to be released Thursday from prison, and transferred to a Washington, D.C., halfway house, friend and former Rep. Patrick Kennedy told CNN.
Jackson has been serving his 30-month sentence at a federal prison camp in Montgomery, Alabama for the past year, said Kennedy, who visited Jackson in prison Monday.
“His wife and two children and parents are picking him up,” Kennedy told CNN on Tuesday.
Jackson pleaded guilty to federal charges in February 2013, admitting he diverted about $750,000 in campaign funds for his personal use. His wife also pleaded guilty to federal charges and will begin serving her one-year sentence after Jackson is released from federal custody.
The two were authorized to serve their sentence separately because they have young children.
Jackson, a former Democratic congressman from Chicago, was national co-chairman of then-Sen. Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign committee. He resigned from Congress after the allegations erupted, citing physical and mental health issues, including bipolar disorder.
Kennedy said he thought Jackson still had several more “weeks or months” left in his sentence and was visiting Jackson in prison “to let him know he still had friends who were here for him when he got out.”
But Jackson told Kennedy during the visit that he was being released earlier than anticipated.
“He said Patrick ‘I’m gonna be getting out sooner than I thought, getting out this Thursday at 5 a.m.,'” Kennedy recalled.
That’s great that two fruitcakes—sorry, two individuals struggling with their mental health—are such close friends. They probably share war stories of sorts about their respective psychopathic fathers.
Is Mrs. Jackson Jr. going to leave the car running when she gets to the Big House? She’s due to go in when he gets out. They’re like so many busy young couples these days. They barely see each other.
Just stay on your meds this time, Junior. You know how your father gets with young black men who disappoint him.
Cast your mind back to the heady days of 2007-08 when a young community-activist-turned-US-Senator believed that Yes He Could take the White House.
There was only one problem. This “clean, articulate” (per Joe Biden), “light-skinned African American” (per Harry Reid), “with a negro dialect when he wanted to” (ditto), who should have been “serving us coffee” (per Bill Clinton) didn’t connect with black folks. He was always “talking down to black people” (per Jesse Jackson), leading one to stage-whisper he wanted to “cut his nuts off” (ditto).
Near the end of 2007, Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett met with Al Sharpton in New York City and began to cement a relationship that would eventually make the inflammatory activist the president’s “go-to man” on race, according to multiple sources.
The backdrop to the incipient Obama-Sharpton alliance was the then-senator’s 2008 presidential campaign, which still hadn’t locked away the black vote, and the political cross-currents created by two other controversial reverends, Jesse Jackson and Jeremiah Wright.
That tentative relationship has now grown into a full-blown partnership that has vastly increased the once-shunned Sharpton’s influence and prestige and elevated him into a key White House ally at a time of heightened tension over policing and race.
[A]s it turned out, from her days in Chicago, Jarrett already “hated Jesse Jackson,” a source close to Sharpton tells me. “Obama needed a legitimate black voice from the civil-rights community,” the source adds. “Jesse had made disparaging comments about Obama, [so] Jesse got sidelined. Sharpton is the next person in line.”
What a resume line: second best race-hustler to Jesse Jackson. And how has that relationship blossomed?
Of the 61 visits in the White House logs, Sharpton says: “If you’re looking at the fact that I’ve gone to receptions, I’ve gone to immigration meetings, I’ve gone to meetings on education, I’ve gone to meetings on civil rights — that’s not exceptional at all over six years. Are you serious? You’re talking less than a meeting a month, and that includes meetings in the Eisenhower Office Building on immigration, education,” he says. Later, he adds: “It’s not just one relationship. You’re taking about an administration. You’re not talking about a personal relationship.”
A meeting a month is more than Obama gives to most of his cabinet members. And while Al Sharpton may have a misplaced role to play in “meetings on civil rights”, what of use does he have to contribute to education or immigration?
Wherever Al Sharpton goes, from 125th Street in Harlem to Ferguson, MO, riot, mayhem, and violence follow. Obama made his deal with the lesser devil. May he be stuck with him.
The family of the first person diagnosed in the U.S. with the deadly Ebola virus is getting some assistance from civil rights activist Jesse Jackson.
Jackson said the family of the patient — Thomas Eric Duncan — asked him to come to Dallas to help them get answers from the doctors treating the man. With Duncan’s mother, Nowai Korkoyah, at his side, Jackson walked into the South Dallas Café on Tuesday for an early morning prayer session with the patient’s worried family and a news conference.
“I’m anxious,” Jackson said. “I’m concerned that they feel so alienated and so pushed away.”
Because who doesn’t want to embrace an Ebola patient?
Jackson explained that Duncan’s family — who traveled to Texas from North Carolina — also has concerns about the patient’s access to medicine. Doctors said the experimental drug, ZMapp, which was recently used to treat two American health care workers who contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia, is no longer available. Doctors have been treating Duncan, 42, with a different drug, brincidofovir, a broad-spectrum antiviral, since Saturday.
“They are saying no more doses (of ZMapp),” Jackson said. “That seems strange to only have only enough medicine for two patients in the whole country.”
Two white patients, you mean, Jesse. Mm-hmm, that’s right.
Vickery Meadow neighborhood of Dallas are living near the epicenter of the Ebola scare in North Texas. Now, they say they’re facing a different challenge — discrimination.
Thomas Duncan stayed at an apartment in the community before being diagnosed with Ebola and admitted into Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital for treatment.
Dallas City Council member Jennifer Staubach Gates says that she met with over 30 community leaders on Monday, trying to assess the needs of the residents. Most are concerned about the possible stigma of living near the apartment building.
“Unfortunately, they are feeling discriminated against,” said Gates. “We still have some that have been turned away from jobs. Some that have been turned away at retail locations. We’re getting them in touch with legal aid and any resources necessary.”
If you have to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, it seems to me you have to hire a suspected Ebola patient. Put it on your resume. Dare them not to hire you.
Deceased Republican President Ronald Reagan sought to to permanently ban African Americans from playing college and professional football in the South with white people, civil rights icon Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. alleged in a speech at Furman University on Wednesday evening.
In the same speech he also alleged that the modern Tea Party was born from efforts to sustain segregation.
“Michael Jordan couldn’t have gone to UNC… [inaudible] it would have been ineligible for him to play at UNC,” he continued. “You couldn’t have had the Olympics in Atlanta Georgia. You couldn’t have had the Dallas Cowboys in Houston, Texas, you couldn’t have had the Super Bowl in New Orleans or in Atlanta or in Jacksonville or Miami.”
But Dallas isn’t in Houston; it’s in Dallas!… Isn’t it? What’s he talking about?
He’s just getting started:
“How about pictures we see of Indians stabbing the cowboys,” he asked. “In reality what happened was if If you killed an Indian… [inaudible]…finally you got paid for the scalps of the red skins of the Indians…and that’s how we got the Washington Redskins football league.”
He repeatedly calling the United States south “the land of the free, the home of genocide,” and suggested that the modern day Tea Party was born from efforts to maintain “the walls” of slavery and segregation.
“The Union, those in the Confederacy sought to maintain the walls [of slavery and segregation of races] and secede from the country, the shots fired at Fort Sumter, the beginning of the Tea Party, the ‘Fort Sumter’ Tea Party, who sought to secede from the union, set their own government, their own currency, sought to ally with France and Britain, to form their own country,” he said.
It sounds like he’s stringing random words together. There’s no meaning.
But there is a joke:
In the speech, held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at McAlister Auditorium on Furman’s Greenville, S.C. campus, Jackson was introduced as an “international peacemaker” and was well received by the audience.
If you listened hard enough, you could hear a dissenting voice:
“It’s a shame that Furman decided to celebrate such a historical event with such a divisive individual such as Rev. Jackson,” student Lauren Cooley, who organized that protest, told Campus Reform.
“He’s been stirring up division for years through outlandish anti-Semitic, anti-white, and anti-conservative statements,” Cooley added.
Meanwhile, on Monday Jackson’s son, Jesse Jackson Jr., a former Democratic congressmen from Chicago, reported to the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in nearby Raleigh, N.C., for a 30-month stretch for misusing $750,000 in campaign funds.
Did you have to bring that up? Though maybe it explains things. I, too, might be raving like a lunatic on the late night bus if my son had just been sent up the river for two and a half years.
As there was no coherent argument made, I can offer no refutation. Jesse Jackson, Sr. was off his meds. That’s nothing to applaud, boys and girls.
Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and relatives of victims of fatal shootings in Chicago urged President Barack Obama on Saturday to come back to his hometown and address the gun violence plaguing the city.
Before a march on the city’s South Side, Jackson, a former Democratic presidential candidate, said America’s third most populous city needed more help than Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police superintendent Garry McCarthy could offer.
“When the president shows up, it shows ultimate national seriousness,” said Jackson, a Chicago resident. He also called for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help patrol the streets of Chicago.
It sounds like they need a midwestern Batman. They could call him Scatman, in an homage to Chicago jazz.
Do you know, the lawlessness in Chicago, the gun violence in Chicago is now greater than when Al Capone’s gang ran the town? Did you know that, Rachel? You want to know something else? There was no gun control when Al Capone was running around running things. Back during the glory days of Chicago, no gun control. Now they’ve got some of the strictest gun control laws in the country, and they got gun violence occurring in record levels. The Reverend Jackson and relatives want federal action.
[President Obama’s] supposed to go there, and just him going there and being serious about it is all… if he would show up, it would mean ultimate national seriousness. That alone would convince people to stop killing each other in Chicago. That’s what Jesse Jackson said. Obama just needs to show up, just needs to come home. That would do it. That would show national seriousness.
Look what Obama’s done. He’s fixed the deficit. He fixed health care. He went to the Middle East and ignited the Arab Spring with his speech in Cairo. That’s safe. He fixed Iraq. He fixed Afghanistan, fixed waterboarding, fixed Club Gitmo, and captured bin Laden.
What? (interruption) If I call for national police? (interruption) Well, come on! Snerdley is asking what would happen if I called for national police in minority neighborhoods. Come on! Of course nobody’s gonna say that about the Reverend Jackson. I just say if Obama shows up, take his gun. You saw the picture of Obama skeet shooting at Camp David.
As if that isn’t devastating enough:
[The Reverend Jackson] wants the Department of Homeland Security to help patrol the streets of Chicago, and I just want to remind you: Remember how some people on our side were laughed at, mocked, and made fun of as conspiracy kooks for worrying that Homeland Security could end up being our national police?
I can understand why Obama and the Left don’t like Rush Limbaugh and Fox News, but I don’t understand why they care. What few outlets for conservative views there are in the media haven’t slowed down Obama one bit. I listen to Rush for comfort, to feel like I’m not alone. Even though I really am. We all are, together.
…A quarter-century ago, Sharpton burst onto the national scene as the mouthpiece for Tawana Brawley, a black teenager from Upstate New York who falsely claimed that she had been raped by white men. His image worsened a few years later when Jewish leaders in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, accused him of inflaming anti-Semitism. Then came the 1995 Harlem protest at which he called a Jewish landlord a “white interloper” — followed by an attack on the landlord’s store that left eight people dead.
Now Sharpton is arguably the most prominent civil rights figure in the country. Without question, he is a kingmaker in Democratic politics. Gone are the polyester sweatsuit and gold medallion of yore, replaced by gray business suits on a Sharpton who has shed dozens of pounds. These days he carries both a BlackBerry and an iPhone as he hustles about midtown Manhattan. His three-hour daily radio show, ending at 4 p.m., gives him only two hours to prepare for television at 6.
After Brawley and Crown Heights and a 67-count indictment over financial problems, Sharpton ran twice for the U.S. Senate, and once for mayor of New York; he tried for president in 2004. He latched on to some of the most visible racial cases of the era and went on a 40-day hunger strike in 2001 after being arrested for protesting U.S. military bombing exercises on Vieques, Puerto Rico.
But he established himself as a team player with his speech to the Democratic National Convention in 2004, and by 2008 the Democratic presidential candidates were flocking to his annual convention.
On Thursday, the day after his most visible career triumph, Sharpton worked the ballroom at Washington’s convention center, grinning for photographs. Opening up for his breakfast speaker, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Sharpton regaled the crowd with a story of how Obama invited him and Newt Gingrich to the Oval Office and asked them to launch a five-city tour promoting education reform. When Duncan took the microphone, he requested “a huge round of applause for our leader, Reverend Al Sharpton.”
This is from the beginning of the article:
“Check out this,” the flamboyant civil rights leader told me during breakfast at his organization’s annual meeting this week. He flipped through the program until he found a full-page ad with the logos of Fox News, the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal. “News Corporation Proudly Supports National Action Network’s 2012 Convention,” it said.
Sharpton grinned. “They bash me on Fox News,” he said. “But they sponsor my conference.”
Everybody wants to be on Sharpton’s good side these days. No fewer than five Cabinet officers and a senior White House official went to this year’s convention to kiss his ring. President Obama spoke at last year’s conference and has sought Sharpton’s advice on policy. Sharpton has a show on MSNBC five nights a week, and he doles out airtime to a procession of politicians and journalists (including me).
Wednesday night brought the sweetest moment yet in Sharpton’s long and controversial career: the announcement that Florida authorities would charge Trayvon Martin’s shooter. Sharpton, at the request of the boy’s parents, had done more than anyone else to bring the case national attention.
Just hours before the announcement that George Zimmerman would be charged with second-degree murder, Martin’s parents held a joint news conference with Sharpton — and a few hours before that, Attorney General Eric Holder, also at the convention, praised Sharpton for his “tireless efforts to speak out for the voiceless, to stand up for the powerless.”
It was confirmation that Sharpton has pulled off one of the rarest second acts in American public life: from pariah to power player.
“It was a huge moment, because it was the coming together of everything,” Sharpton said, with his trademark vainglory. “We had the attorney general here and one of the biggest civil rights cases of the 21st century, and having to do TV and radio shows at the same time, it was all combined for everybody to see.”
The shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida has sparked national outrage, with civil rights leaders from San Francisco to Baltimore leading protests calling for a new investigation and the arrest of the shooter.
But what about all the other young black murder victims? Nationally, nearly half of all murder victims are black. And the overwhelming majority of those black people are killed by other black people. Where is the march for them?
Where is the march against the drug dealers who prey on young black people? Where is the march against bad schools, with their 50% dropout rate for black teenaged boys? Those failed schools are certainly guilty of creating the shameful 40% unemployment rate for black teens.
How about marching against the cable television shows constantly offering minstrel-show images of black youth as rappers and comedians who don’t value education, dismiss the importance of marriage, and celebrate killing people, drug money and jailhouse fashion—the pants falling down because the jail guard has taken away the belt, the shoes untied because the warden removed the shoe laces, and accessories such as the drug dealer’s pit bull.
I still don’t know exactly what happened, but I believe Trayvon Martin should be alive today. I don’t know what share of the responsibility lies with whom, but a series of bad choices—not least by Trayvon himself—led to his pointless and wholly avoidable death.
Beyond that, the reaction of the black community has been shameful. Williams points are valid and powerful—and have been made before, not least by this man:
That old lech is Jesse Jackson, who once expressed his wish, sotto voce, to castrate Barack Obama (though in cruder terms) for the crime of “talking down to black people”.
But Jackson himself once opined on the subject of young black men:
There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved…. After all we have been through. Just to think we can’t walk down our own streets, how humiliating.
Obama himself weighed in on the Trayvon tragedy:
If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.
Wow, that’s helpful—and so relevant! Narcissistic much?
Sharpton, a longtime civil rights activist, is taking a leading role in the controversy surrounding Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager shot to death by a community watch captain in Florida last month. Sharpton has led rallies in support of Martin’s family and pressed for the arrest of his killer, although he broke away from those activities Tuesday to attend the funeral of his 87-year-old mother.
But Sharpton also hosts a current-events show, “Politics Daily,” on a cable-news network, where opinions roam freely but passionate off-hours advocacy of the type Sharpton is engaged in is generally frowned upon. After all, MSNBC is the same network that famously suspended former host Keith Olbermann after he was found to have donated to Democratic political candidates.
Conservatives are zinging MSNBC — which has become a depot of liberal opinion — with relish. Commentator L. Brent Bozell III whacked Sharpton as a “race-huckstering activist” and accused the network of “mind-boggling hypocrisy” for keeping Sharpton but dumping conservative host Patrick Buchanan this year after he published a book that foretold “the end of white America.”
But not all the fire is from the right wing. The Associated Press weighed in with a story Tuesday, observing: “Sharpton’s dual role would have been unthinkable on television 20 years ago and still wouldn’t be allowed at many news organizations. While opinionated cable news hosts have become commonplace over the past decade, Sharpton goes beyond talking.”
Oh please. Are you telling me a (alleged) news organization didn’t know whom they were hiring? They can’t search the archives for Al Sharpton and Tawana Brawley? Al Sharpton and Freddie’s Fashion Mart? Al Sharpton and and Yankel Rosenbaum? He’s the same guy, except a few pounds lighter, most of it bling and hair. MSNBC couldn’t be happier that Al Sharpton has found a new tragedy to exploit.
A New Black Panther Party leader who announced a $10,000 reward for the capture of the neighborhood watchman who shot and killed Florida teen Trayvon Martin was arrested Monday outside Atlanta for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, DeKalb County Sheriff’s office said.
Hashim Nzinga, 49, was in possession of an FN Herstal 5.7×28 handgun that he allegedly sold to the Stone Mountain Pawn Shop on March 5 in DeKalb County, Sgt. Adrion Bell, the public information officer, told FoxNews.com.
Last month, Nzinga was convicted for felony deposit account fraud in nearby Gwinnett County, Bell said. It is illegal for a convicted felon to carry a firearm in the state and police were alerted to Nzinga’s alleged possession after the store’s transaction, Bell said.
Which brings us to our most recent shameless race hustler, Spike Lee:
Filmmaker Spike Lee tweeted the wrong home address for George Zimmerman, the Sanford, Fla., man who many are claiming should be arrested for shooting and killing Trayvon Martin. The tweet could have potentially put the woman who actually lives at that address in danger.
The Washington Times’ Kerry Picket went to the address that Lee tweeted as members of the New Black Panther Party were offering a $10,000 cash reward for Zimmerman’s capture, “dead or alive,” and others were demanding his arrest.
“[T]he Edgewater Circle address Mr. Lee re-tweeted out is not part of the gated Retreat at Twin Lakes where the shooting took place and where Mr. Zimmerman lives,” Picket reported. “The area is not even a gated community.”
“In fact, I took a drive to that Edgewater Circle address that so many on Twitter re-tweeted and cursed, and I discovered through a neighbor, named Tim, who lives across the street from the address, that not only does George Zimmerman not live at the lakeside house but a woman by the name of Elaine does,” Picket added.
Picket also said several news agencies have showed up at the address looking for Zimmerman, which – with the crowds the Panthers, MSNBC’s Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have whipped up into a frenzy – may have put the woman, Elaine, in danger.
It’s unclear specifically which news agencies trekked to the address Lee tweeted and why they failed to report Lee’s inaccuracy.
This report follows new revelations in the Martin case, including Zimmerman’s self-described membership in the Democratic Party, freshly surfaced tweets from Martin’s Twitter account, and Martin’s various suspensions from school.
That voice you hear is Trayvon Martin’s from beyond the grave saying “The next MF-ing African American ‘community leader’ who even mentions my name is getting a bolt of lightning right up the a**. Ya hear me, homies?”
Say, it’s an honor to be a food stamp president. Food stamps feed the hungry. Food stamps save the children. Food stamps help the farmer. Food stamps help the truck driver. Food stamps help the warehouse. Food stamps help the store. Food stamps hire people and feed people. Food stamps save people from starvation and malnutrition. Whenever you attack feeding the hungry, you undermine the moral authority of our faith. Give President Barack Obama a big hand. Show your love. Show your appreciation.
Food stamps wash your windshield and change your child’s diapers! They know a six-letter word for Australian marsupial (wombat) and remind you where you left your keys. Like unemployment benefits, they are stimulus. If everyone were on them, imagine what a wonderful world this would be. Left-wing Shangri-La.
The House Ethics Committee could be probing a second allegation that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) broke House rules, according to the Chicago lawmaker.
Jackson, speaking before the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board on Monday, vehemently denied any wrongdoing, saying that a campaign donor’s purchase of a plane ticket for a woman he had an extramarital affair with, though at his behest, did not break the chamber’s rules.
“[It was] not a personal benefit to me, I don’t believe, under the House rules. A benefit to the person for whom he bought the ticket. He didn’t buy tickets for me. Did I direct him? I did,” said Jackson, according to the Chicago Tribune.
News of the affair and of Jackson’s request of longtime fundraiser Raghuveer Nayak to buy at least one ticket for the woman first surfaced in 2010 months before voters decided whether to send the veteran lawmaker back to Capitol Hill.
The secretive Ethics panel has also been investigating whether Jackson violated House rules by offering to pay former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for President Obama’s vacated Senate seat.
If instead of mumbling about cutting off Obama’s “nuts”, Jesse Sr. had actually cut off his son’s, Junior might not be in the, er, pickle he’s in. But then that’s life in Homeytown.
The sounds of drums and chants filled the air outside the Waaihoek Wesleyan Church in Bloemfontein on Saturday morning in expectation of the ritual sacrifice of a bull by President Jacob Zuma.
The sacrifice forms part of a cleansing ceremony for the ANC centenary celebrations, and is done in order to invoke the spirits of the traditional ancestors so they could oversee the events.
Attending the ceremony were Traditional Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe and African-American civil rights activist Jesse Jackson.
“We must recognise that the ANC and the people of South Africa have won a great victory. They have overcome the great oppression of apartheid, though it must be said that economic and agricultural apartheid still exist,” Jackson said.
“The USA and South Africa both ended apartheid together, and both now have African presidents.”
Wait, I thought we had a Hawaiian president. What’s he implying?
And if the ANC took power in 1994, how can there still be apartheid, even if it’s just economic or agricultural (whatever that means)? Isn’t the Reverend dissing his hosts? Has Desmond Tutu come here and accused us of engaging in economic or agricultural slavery (whatever that would be)? Not that I’d put it past him.
But Joe was interested in the rite itself:
Earlier, workers and traditional leaders worked together to lead a bull into a makeshift kraal, before tying it to a tree. Zuma will reportedly slay the animal with a spear.
Mantashe said the ceremony allowed members and traditional leaders to enjoy the festivities as they wanted to.
“Traditionally the act of slaughtering has different meanings. All nations have a way of celebration through slaughter… it is all the same but in different circumstances.” Traditional and religious leaders opened the cleansing ceremony outside the church on Friday evening.
The inter-faith service, which contained messages and blessings from representatives of the Christian, Muslim, Rastafarian and traditional African faiths was held at a marquee outside the church where the ANC was formed in 1912.
That’s interesting. I could have sworn South Africa had Jews too. I’ve known a few. Maybe the Rastas swiped their invitations for rolling paper.
Anyhow, when the world’s busybodies next bring up the idea of banning kosher butchering, let’s remind them that “all nations have a way of celebration through slaughter”, and that it can be seen as a kind of “inter-faith service”. Just ask Jesse Jackson next time he’s in Hymietown.
Since Herman Cain is being tried in the press without benefit of facing his accusers (or even knowing exactly what he is accused of—as James Taranto observed, there’s precious little of that long-past journalistic tradition of telling who, what, where, why, when, and how), I thought it might be instructive to visit some other sexual harassment cases for comparison.
A former Rainbow PUSH employee who filed a sexual discrimination complaint against the organization and Rev. Jesse Jackson with the Illinois Department of Human Rights in 2010 has now filed a lawsuit making similar allegations.
Tommy Bennett, of Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood, alleges in the lawsuit that co-workers at Rainbow PUSH mocked and harassed him because he is gay when he worked for the civil rights group from 2007-2009.
Bennett’s lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, names Jackson and Rainbow PUSH as defendants.
In the lawsuit, Bennett alleges that one of his co-workers led a prayer during a volunteer meeting and stated “bind these homosexual spirits that are in the office” and “get these homosexuals out of here and do it in Jesus’ name.”
The lawsuit claims that Bennett’s superiors did not address his complaints and that he was eventually laid off because he of his sexual orientation.
Representatives with Rainbow PUSH, including Jackson, could not immediately be reached.
In the filing, Bennett said the coalition’s membership and volunteer coordinator, Caroline Wiggins, made it clear that she did not want to work with him because he is gay. Bennett also said that his idea for an LGBT-themed table at the group’s national convention was shot down at a meeting. When Bennett took the task of coordinating travel for Jackson, he said his job took a turn for the worse. He was once denied a trip to Tanzania with Jackson because the Jackson was unhappy with the way Bennett packed his luggage. He also alleges that on a trip in 2008, Jackson summoned him to his hotel room at the Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport to apply cream to a rash Jackson had “between his legs.” When Bennett refused, Jackson reportedly called him a “little motherf*cker.”
I have no comment on the veracity of these charges, but at least Reverend Jackson was afforded the courtesy of knowing who, what, where, etc.
Not to be confused with Jackson’s paternity suit of a decade or so ago, for which he is said to be paying $4,000 a month in child support.
And then there is this bizarre allegation (to say the least), of which I only just became aware:
I’m embarrassed to say the first I heard of it was on Rush’s radio show today, thanks to this caller:
RUSH: Cheryl, the Upper East Side of Manhattan, great to have you on the EIB Network. Hi.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. It’s an honor to speak with you.
RUSH: Thank you very much. Great to have you with us.
CALLER: Listen, I’m a black conservative, and I just want to make one thing abundantly clear: The media can attempt to paint you any way they want to, but there are no bigger racists in this country than white Democratic liberals. They are and they will forever be the biggest racists in this nation because they seek to determine how black people should think and who black people should support, and the reason for their contempt against Herman Cain is that he has simply said, “I’m an independent thinker. I don’t need to stay on the Democratic plantation in order to succeed.”
RUSH: It really is… Folks, it is no more complicated than that. She’s exactly right, and because of that he represents a great threat to them.
CALLER: But let me give you an example of how Cain would have been treated if he had been a good and docile Negro and stayed on the Democratic plantation. Jesse Jackson, presently, has pending against him in Cook County court in Illinois a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him by one Mr. Tommy Bennett, a former male PUSH employee who had sued Jesse Jackson and the push organization for sexual discrimination and Jackson specifically for sexual harassment.
CALLER: There has not been one story about this on Politico. Not one.
RUSH: Why do you think that is?
CALLER: Excuse me?
RUSH: Why do you think that is?
CALLER: (chuckles) Please, Rush. As I said, Jesse Jackson has remained on the plantation.
RUSH: Exactly right.
CALLER: So of course he gets special treatment.
CALLER: Yep, that’s exactly right.
RUSH: But I have to make one more point. The other example of how there is a distinct difference in treatment is that during the 2008 campaign, Mr. Obama was accused of a sex and drug-related incident by a man, a Mr. Larry Sinclair.
RUSH: Darn it, we’ve lost her out there! She was on a cell phone calling from the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
(interruption) Yeah, Larry Sinclair had a shady background, convicted felon, reportedly crimes for forgery, bad checks, theft by check; but he did level an accusation against Obama, and it was never treated with any seriousness or sincerity. That’s a good get. I had forgotten that. This is… (interruption) Oh, The Politico did? Okay, here it is. June 18th, 2008.
“Obama Accuser Has Long Rap Sheet — Larry Sinclair is wanted in Colorado, but you can catch him today at the National Press Club. Sinclair is familiar to political junkies and reporters as the source of outlandish allegations about Senator Barack Obama, tales that began with sex and drugs and moved on to murder. The Duluth, Minn., resident is the sort of figure who appears at the margins of every presidential campaign, and both Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton had their own obscure accusers with dramatic allegations. But as the old media ignores him, Sinclair has taken full advantage of the Internet, and a video in which he makes his claims that have been viewed more than 900,000 times on YouTube.
“This afternoon, he’s reserved the Holeman Lounge at downtown Washington’s National Press Club to try to lend his story the legitimacy that comes with national media attention. Sinclair’s biography, though, may get in the way of that pitch: Public records and court filings…”
So, at least on one occasion, Politico is willing not only to identify the accuser, but to assassinate his character. (Though it may be fairer to say that the assassination was by suicide.) At least you have to give Sinclair credit for making his accusation not only lurid, but detailed as to who, what, where, etc. (Not that I believe him, but that’s beside the point.)
I’m not kidding that this is the first I heard of it: I just searched the blog for Sinclair’s name and found nothing. Do you think if some reprobate accused Rick Perry of a similar assignation, the press would bury it as they did this alleged one? Me neither.
And do I have to list the women whose names have been dragged through Bill Clinton’s mud? I will: Paula Jones, Gennifer Flowers, Monica Lewinsky, Kathleen Willey, Elizabeth Ward Gracen, Sally Perdue, and Dolly Kyle Browning. Why were they not treated like hot house flowers like Cain’s anonymous accusers?
Lastly, even if every insinuation, rumor, slander, and libel against Cain were true, it would only qualify him to be standard bearer of the Democratic Party, if Clinton, Kennedy(s), Edwards, Hart, Dodd, Frank, et al are an example. Maybe he should change affiliation.
I wonder if Jesse Jackson will be the keynote speaker at the Democrat convention again? Will gay progressives mind this, or will they shrug it off?
A spokesman for the Rev. Jesse Jackson Thursday denied a claim from a man who says he was fired from the Civil Rights leader’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition because he is gay.
Tommy Bennett filed a complaint with the city of Chicago’s Commission on Human Relations last year, alleging Jackson fired him unjustly and that the civil rights leader forced him to perform “uncomfortable” tasks, including cleaning up hotel rooms after Jackson had been there with various women.
“The Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., unequivocally deny Tommy Bennett’s false claims of harassment, retaliation and discrimination,” PUSH spokeswoman Lauren Love said in a written statement. “We are fully cooperating with the Chicago Commission on Human Relations and expect to be fully exonerated.”
The statement goes on to say that Bennett’s “inflammatory allegations are an attempt to malign Rev. Jackson and the organization, and are hurtful and harmful to the progressive community.”
The Windy City Times story claims Bennett, in his complaint with the city, said he was forced to escort women for Jackson into hotel rooms — and later clean up the rooms.
There are other reports that suggest that Jackson requested… the kind of non-sex that Bill Clinton had from Monica Lewinsky.