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It is a long primary session for political junkies like yours truly. When you think it can’t get any worse, out pops out another Clinton weasel. The culprit this time is Andy young…the African dictator’s best friendHe went on Newsmakers Live …maybe at the behest of the Clintons to say some stupid stuff about the viability of the Obama candidacy. Here are some money quotes:

“It’s not a matter of being inexperienced. It’s a matter of being young,” said Young, who is 75. “There’s a certain level of maturity ... you’ve got to learn to take a certain amount of (expletive).”
“There are more black people that Bill and Hillary lean on,” Young said. “You cannot be president alone. ... To put a brother in there by himself is to set him up for crucifixion. His time will come and the world will be ready for a visionary leadership.”…AJC

Well someone should have told Andy Young that Barack will be as old as Bill Clinton when he (Clinton) took office. Kennedy was 43years when he took office as well. Dr. Martin Luther King died when he was 39 years old — and he wrote his famous letters from Birmingham Jail when he was just past 30. In fact, Mr. Young should go and read the portion of that letter where Dr. King argues against those sympathetic white ministers who kept on telling civil rights activists to “wait” until times were more favorable for protest, and Dr. King said, well, that would mean waiting FOREVER. Now, over three decades later, and Mr. Young is telling a black man to “wait.” Oh Please. However, young wasn’t done with his Clinton worship as he went on to say some more absurd bullshit such as:

Young also quipped that “Bill is every bit as black as Barack.”

You’ve got to be demented or the Clintons have something on you to say something like that. I have a feeling that this whole interview is setup to trick misinformed black voters to vote for a Clinton dynasty.
With regards to the old joke that Bill Clinton is the first black president, and the new nonsense spouted by Young that “Bill is every bit as black as Barack.”, I will give the floor to Kevin Alexander Gray. He made the following comment in a counterpunch article in 2002:

Back in 1998 during the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, writer Toni Morrison said, "black skin notwithstanding: this is our first black President" citing his dysfunctional upbringing as commonality with black males. But the joke's an insult. The punchline is that Clinton is decadent and promiscuous, got rhythm, got caught and got over -- so he's black!

In fact, during the 8 years Clinton was in office, the incarceration rates of blacks surpassed the egregious Reagan era. Although Clinton has since attempted to change the past through his actions post-presidency, during his reign he continued to support mandatory minimum sentencing, flawed "3 strikes" laws, and did nothing to change the disparity in sentencing between crack and powder cocaine which disproportionately affects African Americans.
These efforts in turn put more black men behind bars than ever before creating a new generation of felons courtesy of our defective war on drugs

But that is the dynasty Andy Young wants back in office as long as his palm keeps getting greased.

So another Judge decided to wash her hands off the abomination that is the trial of Fatou Jaw Manneh. Ever since her arrest and detention and the subsequent proffering of seditious charges against her, three magistrates and now a judge have decided that they don’t want to touch the case with a ten foot pole. They kept transferring her from one courtroom to another without any adjudication...

If there is a victim in this case besides the accused, it is the rule of law in the Gambia. It makes no sense from a legal standpoint whether the accuse is innocent or guilty to keep transferring her case from one magistrate court to another as if they operate in separate sovereign entities. However it tells us something about the character of the men and women who are entrusted with adjudicating and upholding the rule of law in the Gambia. They are scared of their own shadows due to the authoritarian climate under which they ply their trade. Instead of standing to uphold their oath of impartiality, they keep passing the buck.

Suppose, for the sake of argument that Fatou Jaw is guilty of insulting the president. What harm has it done to the image of the man that is worse than the one he inflicted upon himself with the witch doctor masquerade he has been putting up lately?
Now suppose that she is innocent (I subscribe to this notion). Isn’t it unconscionable to have this damning charge hanging over her head for a year while scared straight judges bounce the case from one another like a ping pong ball.

The Gambian constitution includes a right to a speedy trial. This provision is supposed to keep people from being jerked around by unscrupulous and vindictive prosecutors who cannot prove that they have committed any crime. Prosecutors have to put up or shut up. In this case unfortunately, it is not only prosecutorial malfeasance, but the bench is acting cowardly as well.
You couldn’t find a better case that fits the old cliché that justice delayed is justice denied.

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