The embarrassing Mel Watt

My Representative in the US House, I’m sad to say:

( – The chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Friday urged his Capitol Hill colleagues to extend and strengthen the Voting Rights Act in order to “level the playing field” because, U.S. Rep. Melvin Watt said, “white people … will not consider voting for an African American candidate.”

Watt, a Democrat from North Carolina, made the remarks at a Washington hearing held by the National Commission on the Voting Rights Act. The commission, a project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, is conducting nationwide hearings to gather data on voter discrimination for a report it will issue supporting the extension of the Voting Rights Act.

“Race has to be taken into account to factor out the people on the other side” who would refuse to vote for a minority candidate because of their race,” Watt said. He added that he thinks much voting is based on race, not partisanship.

Watt told Cybercast News Service that his views are based on a 1980s blind poll of North Carolinians, which he said revealed that 30 percent of whites would not vote for a black candidate under any circumstances.

Not only is Mr. Watt citing 20 year old polls, but he seems to be trying his hand at being a psychic as well:

Watt told the commission that if another poll were conducted today, “there would be a substantial majority of white voters who would say that under no circumstances would they vote for an African American candidate.” He later amended his comments, allowing that “some of them would.”

Uh huh.

Mr. Watt will be receiving an email from me later today. Not that it will matter to him as the few I’ve sent prior have gone unanswered outside of the obligatory “thank you for emailing the offices of Mel Watt” auto-reply. If you’re a citizen of this state, and would like to let Rep. Watt know your thoughts about what he’s said regarding white voters in North Carolina, click here for his contact information. Even if you aren’t in his district, it’s important that he knows how you feel regarding the effect his comments will have on race relations here in North Carolina.

Random searching a soldier?

This (reg. required) is just stupid:

Capt. Cubbage is a 29-year-old soldier serving with the Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade. The 173rd is the smallest combat unit in the world but has played a frontline role in the war on terror. Nine of its 1,000 members have recently given their lives in service to our nation.

Cap. Cubbage and his fellow soldiers parachuted into northern Iraq shortly after the invasion began. The 173rd fought two divisions of Saddam’s Republican Guard. It captured an air field and secured oil supplies. Capt. Cubbage was awarded the combat parachute badge and a Bronze Star for his service in Iraq. He and his unit have since been deployed to Afghanistan.

Capt. Cubbage was recently given two weeks’ leave to come home to Philadelphia and celebrate the birth of his first child, Adam Jr., who weighed in at a healthy 7 pounds, 12 ounces.

At the end of his leave, on Oct. 9, Capt. Cubbage arrived at Terminal D, Philadelphia International Airport, to begin his long journey back to Afghanistan. He was taken to the airport by his parents (his father, Patrick Cubbage, is himself a veteran of the 173rd).

These three members of the Cubbage family arrived two hours before Capt. Cubbage’s 8 a.m. departure. The first leg of his journey was to be aboard a commercial flight on Air Tran.

Please picture this scene: Capt. Cubbage, proud new father in his BDUs (battle dress uniform), with his parents!

Capt. Cubbage presented his identification, orders and tickets at the Air Tran counter. He and his parents were given gate passes. In line, before reaching the next screening point, Capt. Cubbage again showed his ID.

Upon approaching the magnetometer, and after showing identification for the third time, Capt. Cubbage and his parents were told by a TSA representative that they had been identified for secondary, or random, screening! This American hero was then asked to remove his combat boots and outer garments to be fully “wanded.”

Please take the time to read the whole thing and you’ll probably shake your head in disgust as much as I did when I read it.

Hat tip: Bob in the comments section of another post.

Related: Michelle Malkin has the lowdown on typical MSM over-hype about a recently ‘staged’ Q&A between the President and some of our military’s finest. As usual, the media makes a big deal out of this, when it’s nothing out of the ordinary. Newsbusters has more.

Welcome to the latest non-issue, courtesy of the MSM.

Update: Also wanted to add, as I should have to my original post, that this is nothing more than a shameless attempt by the MSM to make it look like Bush has to control troops answers in order to make them look supportive with the implication clearly being they really don’t support him.

More: Joe Gandelman has a link roundup of blogger reaction to this ‘story.’

UPDATE: A soldier who was at this ‘staged’ event, responds. Bravo! Hat tip: Malkin