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Saturday, April 01, 2006

Captain Renault Award nominee

The first nominee for the soon-to-be-prestigious Captain Renault Award, given to individuals or corporations whose actions leave you feeling "shocked, shocked," is none other than Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney.

McKinney (D-GA) is facing possible criminal charges stemming from an altercation with an officer of the Capitol Police. The officer apparently did not recognize the congresswoman, and tried to stop her from passing a security checkpoint. When she ignored him, he allegedly grabbed her arm, at which point she allegedly slugged him.

All members of Congress are allowed to pass through security checkpoints without being checked, and they are all issued pins that they are supposed to wear to identify them to the Capitol Police. McKinney admits she was not wearing her pin.

So what does McKinney do? She goes straight to the Hallmark store, goes over to the "race" section, buys herself a card, and holds a press conference. Then, with a straight face (which you've sorta got to admire) she says "this whole incident was instigated by the inappropriate touching and stopping of me, a female, black congresswoman."

Her lawyers, James Myart and Michael Raffauf, take it even further.
"Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, like thousands of average Americans across this country, is, too, a victim of the excessive use of force by law enforcement officials because of how she looks and the color of her skin," [Myart] said.
According to CNN,
Myart further called the incident racial profiling and said there was "no excuse" for Capitol Police not recognizing his client, and Raffauf said she was stopped solely because of her race, gender and politics.
Joining her at the presser were Danny Glover (isn't he too old for this shit?) and Harry "Hugo Boy!" Belafonte, along with representatives of NOW and the NAACP, who really should be ashamed of themselves. Both Glover and Belafonte admitted they didn't know what actually happened, but, as Glover said, "We're not here to judge the merits of the case, but here to support our sister."

It should be pointed out that prior to this incident, McKinney was perhaps best known for accusing the Bush administration of prior knowledge of (and perhaps complicity in) the 9/11 attacks, for taking campaing money from terrorist supporters and "apparent terrorists," for her and her family's anti-Semitism (her father's response to why McKinney lost her 2002 re-election bid was "Jews — that's J-E-W-S.") and for saying Al Gore had a low "Negro tolerance level."

Repeat after me, Congresswoman: If you don't wear your pin, you don't get in!

Nominees for the Captain Renault Award are selected by The Cranky Insomniac on an ad hoc basis.

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