by James M. Wall
Helpful details you need to know about the Guam’s caucus, offered in the Kos posting:
(1) Guam’s population is 173,000;
(2) people over age 65 constitute 6.9% of the entire population. The median age is only 28;
(3) Guam’s ethnic breakdown: Chamorro – 37%, Filippino – 26%, other Pacific Islanders – 11%, whites – 7%, Asians – 6% (somewhat similar to Hawaii?);
(4) yes, it is a caucus, which means it is not on the mainstream media screen, but it will elect delegates.
(5) moreover, it is a closed caucus – only registered Dems are allowed to vote;
(6) Guam will allocate 4 pledged delegates as a result of its caucus;
(7)Guam also has 5 superdelegates. So far, only 1 announced her support. For Clinton. 4 others are undecided. (Data courtesy of the Kos website).
Major news from this past weekend involved Hillary Clinton’s husband, Bill, the former president, who was quoted in a New Yorker article by unnamed aides as feeling negative about Obama personally.
Go to the New Yorker site to catch the Clinton references. If this gets more attention, it will further harm Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The former president is causing concern in his wife’s campaign for the same intensity that in the past he has used to his advantage for his own campaigns.
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright spoke to an enthusiastic, supportive crowd of 10,000 at an NAACP dinner Sunday night. Earlier this weekend, on Bill Moyers’ Now PBS program Friday night Rev. Wright spoke calmly of his peaching style, which is anything but calm in the pulpit. He noted, for example, that Psalm 137 was the text he used in his sermon right after 9/11. He says the children of Israel were in exile and they were angry at those who took them into exile. He used the text to trace the history of the US mistreatment of non whites, Native Americans, African Americans, and more recently, the people of Palestine and Iraq.
The writer of the psalm wanted revenge against their captors and proclaimed that the Israelites were ready to smash the heads of children whose parents had brought such pain to them. (Look it up, Psalm 137) He told his congregation that it would be wrong to respond to 911 by seeking revenge. Preaching a few days after 9/11 he spoke in prophetic language of what happens to a nation when it mistreats others and ended by suggesting that the attack was an indication that “America’s chickens have come home to roost”.
In an Associated Press story of Dr. Wright’s speech to the NAACP in Detroit he was quoted as saying, ‘I describe the conditions in this country,’” The story noted that despite what his critics say, he is descriptive, not divisive, when he speaks about racial injustices. “I describe the conditions in this country. . . “I’m not a politician. I know that fact will surprise many of you because many in the corporate-owned media made it seem like I am running for the Oval Office. I am not running for the Oval Office. I’ve been running for Jesus a long, long time, and I’m not tired yet.”
Another man who is not tired is Jimmy Carter. He is just back from peace missions to Nepal and Israel-Palestine. His op ed column on the trip is in today’s New York Times