An African-American web browser???

Uncertain of what to give your Liberal friends this year? How about Blackbird, a web browser for African-Americans.

Perhaps because we have our first African-American president* or perhaps just because they could,

download_blackbird6Blackbird was developed on the simple proposition that we, as the African American community, can make the Internet experience better for ourselves and, in doing so, make it better for everyone. Primarily we believe that the Blackbird application can make it easier to find African American related content on the Internet and to interact with other members of the African American community online by sharing stories, news, comments and videos via Blackbird.

Blackbird is basically Firefox with a few goodies added:

  • a news crawl with Black focused news stories (today’s list includes Oprah’s weight gain* — surprise!), Obama, University of New Mexico hiring an African-American head coach for football,  Black men who portray Santa, Condi Rice, unemployment stats, and the Tuskegee Airmen being invited to the inauguration)
  • A list of online video channels pre-set with five African-American focused feeds.
  • A bunch of bookmarks to sites like AOL Black Voices, BlackPlanet.com, Facebook, LinkedIn, BlackWeb2.0, Time and USAToday (in case you were wondering what the MSM of that community was), as well as HBCs (Historically Black Colleges) and SoulTrain.com

Know this: I am totally in agreement with the fact that the MSM is basically white, male, hetero when it looks at the news.  No way do most of those stories make it into the paper/broadcast (except Oprah’s weight). My real problem with Blackbird is the precedent. Soon everyone will have  browsers tailored to only telling them what someone else thinks they are interested in. MORE NICHES!!! That’s what the world needs!!!

With that in my mind I am preparing to release a series of ever more specialized browsers.

  • Quetzalcoatl: For Mexican-Americans
  • Flamingo: For Gay-Americans
  • BigBird: For Children-Americans For West Indies cricket fans (see comments)
  • DoubleEagle: For Austro-Hungarian-Americans
  • BlindEagle: For FoxNews-Americans
  • FlipTheBird: For Boston-Americans
  • LarryBird: For Boston-Celtic-Americans
  • BirdDog: For Canine-Americans
  • FriedBird: For Cannabis-Americans
  • BirdBrain: For Cranky-Blogger-Journalist-Americans

*Bad timing to this ad which popped up on Gmail today: “Orprahs Flat Belly Rule:Oprah-Diet-Free.comLose over 10lbs every week when you obey Orprahs 1 rule. Free trials!” (all typos from the original)

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Would the last African-American to leave the GOP please turn out the lights?

Activists at a conservative political forum snapped up boxes of waffle mix depicting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama as a racial stereotype on its front and wearing Arab-like headdress on its top flap. Values Voter Summit organizers cut off sales of Obama Waffles boxes on Saturday, saying they had not realized the boxes displayed “offensive material.” The summit and the exhibit hall where the boxes were sold had been open since Thursday afternoon.

I actually like the idea of Obama Waffles as a satirical product (indeed, I quite like the image of John Kerry endorsing the waffles on the group’s web site). Had the group used a picture of the senator or at least a caricature that looked like him I would have said, “Good on you.” Using a drawing that makes him look like the child of Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima was just stupid.

Y’know, there are a number of African-American conservatives out there, might be a good idea to recruit a couple.

It is safe to say that the GOP has written off the Black vote for this election — and probably for the foreseeable future. However, for the last eight years George Bush has been doing his best to reach out to the rapidly growing Latino population. Well, the waffles also managed to insult them, as well. On the back of the box, Obama is portrayed wearing a sombrero and serape. There is also a recipe for “Open Border Fiesta Waffles” that can serve “4 or more illegal aliens.” A recipe tip: “While waiting for these zesty treats to invade your home, why not learn a foreign language?”

In this case the foriegn language seems to be courtesy.

(More cheap shots from the Liberal Media:The Army Times takes McCain to task for changing his position on the Army’s Future Combat System — which the paper describes as “over-budget, behind-schedule.” Seems the Senator — back when he was a fiscal conservative — was against it, and against it for quite a long time. His position changed sometime this summer. )

Georgia GOP congressman describes the Obamas as “uppity”

So much for Republican minority outreach efforts.

[Georgia Republican Rep. Lynn] Westmoreland was discussing vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s speech with reporters outside the House chamber and was asked to compare her with Michelle Obama.”Just from what little I’ve seen of her and Mr. Obama, Sen. Obama, they’re a member of an elitist-class individual that thinks that they’re uppity,” Westmoreland said.

Asked to clarify that he used the word “uppity,” Westmoreland said, “Uppity, yeah.”

And suddenly the hockey mom/pit bull with lipstick is the sensitive one.  (BTW, I did think the lipstick line was great.)

Well, he must have figured they weren’t going to get any of the African-American vote anyway so let’s insult women, too.