August 17th, 2004

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Winning hearts and minds on the South Side

KEYES DISCOVERS LIMITS OF COMMUNITY GOODWILL

If U.S. Senate candidate Alan Keyes had any notions of capturing the hearts and minds of Chicago's black electorate, the annual Bud Billiken Day Parade on Saturday proved that this task will be nothing short of daunting for the Republican. Keyes, the conservative political figure from Maryland who entered the Senate race last week after GOP nominee Jack Ryan withdrew his candidacy, made his first trip Saturday into the heart of Chicago's black community. Keyes, an African-American, was greeted with a resounding chorus of jeers and boos that bordered on outright hostility.

KEYES DISPLAYS LEVEL-HEADED DEBATING SKILLS THAT HAVE MADE HIM A DARLING OF THE RIGHT

"Why are you representing hate?" he asked, wagging a finger at a throng of people dressed in Obama T-shirts who were jeering him. Keyes referred to Obama's abortion rights' position. Thus far, Keyes, a conservative Christian who on Saturday wore a gold crucifix around his neck, has centered his many attacks on Obama around the Democrat's support of abortion rights.

KEYES ONCE AGAIN PROVES HE CAN'T GO FIVE SECONDS WITHOUT SAYING SOMETHING CRAZY ABOUT ABORTION

Before stepping off on the parade route, Keyes charged in an interview that Obama is indirectly supporting the "genocide" of African-Americans by endorsing a woman's legal right to an abortion. "We're the first people who have ever been pushed into genocide before our babies are born," Keyes said. "So the people who are supporting that position are actually supporting the systematic extermination of black America."


EVEN BLACK REPUBLICANS AGREE: KEYES IS NUTS

Many spectators said such views, along with his conservative economic policies, place Keyes at the extreme right end of the political spectrum, far from the beliefs of black Americans, perhaps the most loyal of all Democratic voting blocs. "It's just hard to come from where we come from, from the working class, and be a Republican," said Jay Little, 33, an electrician from the South Shore neighborhood. "Mr. Keyes doesn't reach me at all. I don't think he will ever see things from our perspective."
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Just in case you didn't get it, it's a BACKLASH against HOMELESS PEOPLE

YES, ACTUALLY, I THINK WE COULD FIND AN EVEN MORE HELPLESS SEGMENT OF SOCIETY TO KICK AROUND IF WE REALLY TRIED; HOW ABOUT A RETARD BACKLASH? OR A PREMATURE BABY BACKLASH?

Tulsa Killing Sparks Homeless Backlash

YOU CAN'T RUN ME OUT OF TOWN! I'LL BE HOMELESS! OH, WAIT

TULSA, Okla. - Anger over a homeless man's fatal beating of a brass-knuckle-wielding bar owner is boiling over in Tulsa, where street people are facing a loosely organized campaign against their presence — and in some cases are being run out of the area.

JUST TO REITERATE, THIS IS A BACKLASH AGAINST HOMELESS PEOPLE

T-shirts have been printed blasting homeless people with a four-letter word, and some people are warning of vigilante justice. A wanted poster with a picture of Terry Badgewell, the man who used a length of pipe to kill Deadtown Tavern owner Shawn Howard, was put up in a liquor store downtown.

FOLKS, IF EVEN A PROSECUTOR WON'T FILE CHARGES...

A prosecutor said the killing was self-defense and refused to file charges, but the victim's family is gathering thousands of signatures on a petition to force a grand jury investigation.

WHO WOULD EVER HAVE THOUGHT THERE'D BE TROUBLE AT A PLACE CALLED THE DEADTOWN TAVERN?

Meanwhile, Tulsa's homeless are feeling the heat. Michael Cypert, 31, who usually stays at a Salvation Army shelter near downtown, said patrons of the Deadtown Tavern chased him away from the area during a memorial for Howard a few days after his June 25 death.

YEAH, FUCK THEM, THOSE IMPOVERISHED, MENTALLY ILL TROUBLEMAKERS! WE SHOULD FIGURE OUT SOME WAY TO MAKE THEIR LIVES MISERABLE

Police have warned homeless people to stay away from the bar, and Cypert said has seen people downtown wearing "F--- the homeless" T-shirts handed out by bar owners.

IT'S GETTING TO WHERE YOU CAN'T EVEN PUMMEL A GUY IN THE FACE WITH YOUR METAL-COATED FISTS FOR SLEEPING IN A STAIRWELL WITHOUT HAVING TO WORRY THAT HE MIGHT FIGHT BACK OR SOMETHING

It started in the wee hours of June 24, when Howard and bar manager Josh Martin left the Deadtown Tavern wearing brass knuckles, as usual, for protection against the many vagabonds and drug dealers who inhabit the dimly lit neighborhood. A fight began with Badgewell, who was resting in a warehouse stairwell across the street. Howard struck Badgewell in the jaw, and the homeless man grabbed a pipe and began swinging. How it started is unclear. Martin said he and Howard encountered Badgewell while chasing two crack dealers away. District Attorney Tim Harris said the pair told Badgewell to leave the spot where he was preparing to sleep, starting an exchange of words that escalated into violence.

HEY, EVEN IF HE WASN'T HOMELESS, HE WAS ONE OF THEM HOMELESS SYMPATHIZERS

Homeless people have been chased and yelled since Howard's beating, and even a man who works at the shelter was chased away from the area near Deadtown Tavern by people who mistakenly thought he was homeless, Holden said.