Cobb makes a case for not linking Jeremiah Wright's fire & brimstone sermons to Obama's candidacy. This case is grounded in the nature of African-American churches and liberation theology, and while it might have some case to present WRT the press and punditocracy (who are by and large a bunch of ignant yahoos) it is also full of fail.
Now, being a Falangist, I am a firm believer in the proposition that liberation theology types belong in their quiet graves ASAP, in America as in Guatemala, amen. The theology is mostly full of Marxist crap that attempts to draw an equivalence between Che and the saints, and the shred of it that isn't boils down to a redundant criticism of the wealthy for not doing their part to relieve the sufferings of the poor. If you want a detailed breakdown on precisely how LT fails from a Catholic perspective, you can read this. Now, I can understand why and how black churches got wrapped up in their own strain of LT, and the moral criticism of America that follows from that, but this is 2008, people. White folks have done quite a bit to correct the wrongs of the slave era, including shedding no little quantity of blood between 1861-1865 and on up to the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. (As Kate mockingly remarked last week, Spot The Republican! Yes, it's a trick question. *sigh*) So contra Cobb, I think it is a legitimate question as to how much of this BS Obama actually believes, and how much of it he thinks is appropriate to enact as President. As with so many other things, understanding !=agreement.
Further, keying off his extended post on the same subject, I don't think you have to equate black self-help with anti-Americanism/unpatriotic memes. Booker T. Washington certainly didn't, and to the extent that Marcus Garvey did, it was in the context of the "Back to Africa" separatist movement, a product of its time. Malcolm X, I'm not so sure.
On a more cheerful note, Cobb also brings us some Fishbone. This is good stuff, and not just because Angelo plays some killer theremin in the video spotlighted. "Fight the Youth" is also pretty scorchin'.
Moving on, Instapundit links to a review of Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism by Jerry Pournelle. Jerry also has some comments on MMORPGs by way of explaining why he's dropping out of Tabula Rasa, which I found interesting in light of my experience with EVE. Yes, I recommended it to him. :)