Obama Denounced By Expert On Intolerance

1 comment March 22nd, 2008at 08:51pm Posted by Eli

Oh, this is just beautiful.  The opening paragraphs of a Guardian hit piece on how Rev. Wright has thoroughly destroyed Barack Obama’s political career:

Listen for a few minutes to Joey Vento, owner of a south Philadelphia institution that serves gut-busting sandwiches through a takeaway hatch, and the scale of Barack Obama’s problems become apparent. Obama is having the worst week of his campaign. It is, some believe, a week that threatens his chances of becoming president.

“That minister, that was terrible, all his sayings. He’s preaching hatred,” Vento said. “The thing I didn’t like about Obama; you’re telling me for 20 years you been going to that church and you never heard that?”

Vento, 68, was speaking about Obama’s former pastor and spiritual adviser, Jeremiah Wright, whose sermons have been aired repeatedly on US television denouncing the US as racist.

Joey Vento, Joey Vento… cheesesteaks… Now why does that sound so familiar? Oh wait, now I remember:

The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations held a public hearing Friday to address a controversial sign at the popular Geno’s Steaks that has garnered worldwide attention.

The hearing was scheduled after allegations were made accusing Geno’s Steaks of discrimination for posting a sign that reads: “This Is America. When Ordering Speak English.”

Geno’s owner Joey Vento said it is “free speech” and defended his policy during Friday’s hearing.

“This country is a melting pot, but what makes it work is the English language,” Vento told the commission during a hearing that lasted more than six hours….

Oh yeah, he’s the perfect guy to interview about hate speech.

Entry Filed under: Elections,Immigration,Media,Obama,Politics,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

1 Comment

  • 1. woody  |  March 23rd, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    I always am a little unesasy when people approvingly toss around the term “melting pot.” It seems like such a nice metaphor, but it’s not, really. DO they know to what it really refers? In the vernacular of industrial manufacturing, it was the crucible into which raw ores are poured, to be rendered, and the impurities skimmed or puoured off? It’s popularity stems, improbably, from a terrible, jingoistic (eponymous) play by a fellow named Israel Zangwil…


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