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Archive for January 4th, 2012

Romney defeats Santorum by 8 votes, but Santorum’s sprint due to racist remarks?

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By Chinta Strausberg


While congratulations go out to Mitt Romney for defeating Rick Santorum by eight votes, Republican presidential hopeful Santorum should be ashamed of himself and the other Republican candidates should repudiate his race-baiting political tactics aimed at appealing to racist voters, but is it working?

Just two-weeks ago, according to ABC Political reporter Charles Thomas, Santorum was polling in single digits. However, over the last few days, Santorum has gained a great deal of media attention and attention that seemingly is drawing like-minded voters.

With the votes still coming in, former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Santorum and Massachusetts former Governor Mitt Romney are in a dead heat followed by Ron Paul, but even if Santorum wins, political pundits believe he won’t be able to beat Romney in the New Hampshire Caucus.

Santorum defines himself as “The True Conservative,” but what does that mean? Is the agenda of a “True Conservative” to end social programs like welfare because if so Santorum mistakenly believes most blacks are on the government dole?

There are more whites on welfare and other social programs than African Americans; yet, this “True Conservative” recently specifically singled out blacks saying he does not want “to make their lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.”

National Urban League President Marc Morial is correct in calling on Republican presidential hopeful’s to repudiate Santorum’s racist remarks. We need to hear more voices of outrage from black civil rights leaders. The silence is deafening.

Morial did the homework Santorum apparently ignored. Morial chose Iowa to prove his point explaining 84 percent of the food stamp recipients in Iowa are white and across this nation they represent 70 percent of all recipients.

But, Santorum isn’t the only Republican candidate who has been accused of employing race-baiting political tactics. Remember last month when Texas Congressman Ron Paul admitted to having “some responsibility” for a newsletter that went out calling Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “the world-class philanderer who beat p his paramours” and a man who “seduced underage girls and boys.”

It’s been a rollercoaster ride for Republican candidates with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich boasting he would win the Iowa Caucus only to get a paltry 13 percent, and Minnesota  Rep. Michele Bachmann telling reporters there will be a surprise Tuesday night. Well, the surprise was that she only received about 5 percent of the vote.

And though Gingrich finished a disappointing fourth, he’s already off to New Hampshire where he’s taking aim at Romney who many believe will eventually be the Republican nominee.

What you, the public, need to be doing is making sure your relatives who live in states that have been targeted by Republicans who have reportedly targeted Democratic voters by changing the voter registration laws. (See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-iWRE1M1mA). The Republicans have changed voter registration laws in many states where they voted for Obama in 2008. Some new laws now force voters to show an ID card before they can vote. Republicans want to shrink voter registration and President Obama wants an expanded electorate. The tug of war continues.

And to show you the desperation of some Republican candidates who want Obama to be a one-term president, real estate magnate Donald Trump changed his voter registration from Republican to “unaffiliated” reportedly so he can run for president if all else fails with his Republican peers.

God help us all and God bless America. 

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

New Philharmonic kicks off 2012 with must-see concert staging of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” at the McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn, IL, January 27-28

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Glen Ellyn, IL – New Philharmonic begins 2012 with a must-see concert staging of Giacomo Puccini’s tragic love-story masterwork “Madama Butterfly” at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, Ill. Friday, Jan. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m.

It’s 1904. Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, a young U.S. Navy lieutenant in Japan enters into a contract to rent a house and marry Cio-Cio San, whose nick-name is Butterfly. Butterfly is so excited to marry an American she has secretly converted from Buddhism to Christianity. Her uncle, a Buddhist priest, finds out about her conversion, comes to the house, curses her and orders all the guests to leave. Pinkerton and Butterfly marry anyway. Three years later, we find Butterfly, who has since given birth to Pinkerton’s son, has been abandoned by him. Butterfly learns from a letter that Pinkerton he is coming back to Japan, but not to her. When Pinkerton arrives he is accompanied by his new American wife, Kate who has agreed to raise the child. Butterfly agrees to give up her child if Pinkerton comes himself to see her. After Pinkerton and his wife leave she apologizes to a statue of Buddha, then says goodbye to her son and blindfolds him before cutting herself so to die with honor rather than live in dishonor.

New Philharmonic’s concert staging of “Madama Butterfly” features costume design by Jeff Award-nominated Allison Amidei and lighting design by Jon Gantt, and will be performed in Italian with English supertitles. 

Guest soprano Michelle Areyzaga, named “Artist of the Year” by Pioneer Press in 2006, is featured as Cio-Cio-San. Other guest artists include tenor John Sumners as B.F. Pinkerton; as well as mezzo-soprano Kathryn Leemhuis (Suzuki), seen in New Philharmonic’s 2011 near sold-out presentation of “Gianni Schicchi.”

Tickets: $38 adult/$36 senior/$28 youth. To order tickets or for more information, call (630) 942-4000 or visit www.AtTheMAC.org.

About New Philharmonic
New Philharmonic is a fully-professional, 80-member orchestra that has inspired classical music enthusiasts in Chicago and the suburbs for three decades. Under the direction of Conductor and Music Director Kirk Muspratt, named a 2006 Chicagoan of the Year by the Chicago Tribune, the group gives innovative treatment to both classic compositions and modern works and strives to make the music accessible to new audiences and youth through a variety of educational efforts. New Philharmonic is the resident orchestra of the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill., and performs a complete season annually.

Waterleaf restaurant on the College of DuPage campus is a convenient fine dining opportunity that easily accommodates patrons of the McAninch Arts Center. Located Just across the parking lot in the Culinary Arts & Hospitality Center, Waterleaf’s Pre-Theater Dinner menu ($29 per person) is available Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays from 5 to 6 p.m. only, and on Sundays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Led by Executive Chef Jean-Louis Clerc, this newly opened fine dining restaurant features a full-service bar and boasts an extensive wine list of more than 160 bottles from around the world. The menu features selections made with locally grown, seasonal ingredients and exceptional service. For more information about Waterleaf, visit www.waterleafrestaurant.com. To make a reservation, visit www.opentable.com and search “Waterleaf” or call (630) 942-6881.

About McAninch Arts Center
The McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355, houses three performance spaces, an art gallery and classrooms for the college’s academic programming. This unique facility has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and last year welcomed more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances. The mission of the McAninch Arts Center is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information visit www.AtTheMAC.org

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