By now, all of you know about the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, FL, by Hispanic George Zimmerman. Well, the “Lean Forward” network, MSNBC, offered up a news story with a Dowdified quote. Via Big Journalism:
“This guy looks like he’s up to no good … he looks black,” Zimmerman told a police dispatcher from his car. His father has said that Zimmerman is Hispanic, grew up in a multiracial family, and is not racist.
(Sidebar: quick explanation of “dowdified” here).
So, it’s clear that Zimmerman equates “suspicious” with “black”, right? Um…not exactly:
ZIMMERMAN: This guy looks like he’s up to no good, [begin ellipsis] or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.
911 DISPATCHER: Okay, is this guy, is he white, black, or Hispanic? [end ellipsis]
ZIMMERMAN: He looks black.
For the record, I think I’ll let the law enforcement folks do their job before I jump to conclusions the way that the majority of black America seems to have done. But this is an example of rotten, corrupt, agenda-driven journalism and I think MSDNC ought to apologize to both of its viewers.
Nope…no liberal media bias!
Then again, Newt Gingrich calling Juan Williams by his first name is racist, or something. So sayeth Tingles.
I’m not a big Newt fan, but dude, this one almost gave me a Matthews-like leg tingle. As Rush points out, you would think that Williams, having been fired from NPR over saying something interpreted by NPR brass as politically incorrect and bigoted, would be loathe to whip out the race card himself. Then again, you would think…and Williams clearly does not.
Ron Paul: Yeah, I had a lot of racist and anti-Semitic stuff in my personal newsletters, but I only wrote the non-racist parts of the newsletters and not the “8-10″ sentences you don’t like. Yeah, those were written by…um…someone else.
Quick primer, for those who haven’t been following…
Ron Paul wrote a series of newsletters back in the day that dealt with economics, foreign policy, and…those darned blacks, gays, and Jews. Details:
For years, Ron Paul published a series of newsletters that dispensed political news and investment advice, but also routinely indulged in bigotry. Here’s a selection of some especially inflammatory passages, with links to scanned images of the original documents in which they appeared. …
There are examples of his bigotry and paranoia at this site, and a helluva lot more than what he says:
PAUL: Well, the newsletters were written, you know, a long time ago. And I wrote a certain portion of them. I would write the economics. So a lot of what you just mentioned… his would be material that I would turn in, and it would become part of the letter. But there were many times when I didn’t edit the whole letter, and things got put in. And I didn’t even really become aware of the details of that until many years later when somebody else called and said, you know what was in it? But these were sentences that were put in, a total of eight or ten sentences, and it was bad stuff. It wasn’t a reflection of my views at all. So it got in the letter, I thought it was terrible, it was tragic, you know and I had some responsibility for it, because name went on the letter. But I was not an editor. I’m like a publisher. And if you think of publishers of newspapers, once in a while they get pretty junky stuff in newspapers. And they have to say that this is not the position of that newspaper, and this is certainly the case. But I actually put a type of a newsletter out, it was a freedom report, investment, survival report — every month since 1976. So this is probably ten sentences out of 10,000 pages, for all I know. I think it’s bad that happened but I disavowed all these views, and people who know me best, people of my district, have heard these stories for years and years, and they know they weren’t a reflection of anything I believed in, and it never hurt me politically. Right now, I think it’s the same case, too. People are desperate to find something.
Check out the first link. That’s a boatload more than “8-10″ sentences.
Allah sums it up best:
The question isn’t whether Paul’s a racist, it’s whether the racist elements in the newsletters point to a more broadly paranoid worldview that Paul does appear to hold in some respects.
Paul may or may not be racist, anti-Semitic, or a conspiracy nutjob. But the fact that he attracts so many of them and doesn’t discourage them nor distance himself from them (and in fact flirts openly with them) says a lot about his judgment and of the kind of person that these unsavory miscreants think he is.
OK, I just laid the bait for the Paulistinians. Let’s see how many of them bite!
A voter’s guide to Republicans, or “Tell me again, WHICH party is comprised of the greedy, fascist, Nazi, commie racists?”
I’m getting a Chris Matthews leg tingle after watching this most awesome takedown of EVERY leftist talking point about Republicans!
You know, I’m getting a sneaky suspicion that maybe Jesse Jackson doesn’t know that much about Jesus and is more interested in political agendas than in the Lord’s agenda. Maybe, that is. Details:
Veteran activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson compared the global anti-capitalist movement to the U.S. civil rights struggle, the battle against apartheid in South Africa and the fight for Indian independence during a visit to an Occupy camp in London on Thursday.
“Jesus was an Occupier, born under a death warrant, a Jew by religion, born in poverty under Roman occupation,” the two-time candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination told a crowd near Saint Paul’s Cathedral. ”Gandhi was an Occupier, Martin Luther King was an Occupier, (Nelson) Mandela was an Occupier.”
Look, Jess, Jesus never stayed where he wasn’t welcome. He still doesn’t. The Occupy trash, on the other hand, is defined by their insistence on staying where they aren’t welcome.
Additionally, comparing the Occupy vermin to Jesus, MLK, and Gandhi is appallingly offensive. Jesus died for the sins of the world, while MLK and Gandhi were willing to die (and did so) for their cause. There is not a SINGLE Occupy scumbag who would die for his/her cause…especially since they have NO FRIGGIN’ CLUE what their “cause” is, other than to commit acts of crime in their zealous attempts to avoid responsibility for their own lives and to live off the public teat in perpetuity.
Jess, I say this with all the love that this Christian can muster: You suck.
UPDATED: Op-ed: If Tebow’s Broncos win the Super Bowl, then Christians will attack mosques, gays, and immigrants…or something
You would expect to find such a disjointed absurd contention from a moonbat rag or MSNBC (pardon the redundancy). But this is from a rabbi, of all people, at The Jewish Week:
If Tebow wins the Super Bowl, against all odds, it will buoy his faithful, and emboldened faithful can do insane things, like burning mosques, bashing gays and indiscriminately banishing immigrants. While America has become more inclusive since Jerry Falwell’s first political forays, a Tebow triumph could set those efforts back considerably.
See, Christians didn’t burn mosques, attack gays, or try to force immigrants (legal? illegal? doesn’t say) out of America after 9/11. No, instead the proverbial straw to break the camelhumping jihadist’s back would be…a Super Bowl win? By a team with a QB who espouses the exact opposite behavior of that predicted by the rabbi.
Look, as an FSU guy, I’m not the biggest Tebow fan by anyone’s definition, and the tears he always childishly cried after a loss were rich and delicious. That said, I more than respect the guy for his faith, character, and behavior. Anti-Christian bigotry is one thing. But the rabbi here is really stretching to create some bigotry here.
UPDATED (12/15/2011 – 08:22 AM EST): WOW! The entire column has been scrapped, removed from the rag’s web site. Down the memory hole, as if it never really happened! I’m guessing the online fishwrap got more than its fair share of vocal criticism, and it wanted the mess to go away post haste. Words have consequences, pal!
Both of MSDNC’s viewers were appalled. Story here. The network has since apologized to both of its viewers.
In other news, actual Klansman Robert Byrd (D-WV) was unavailable for comment.
The Obama administration on Tuesday will wade into the increasingly divisive national debate over new voting laws in several states that could depress turnout among minorities and others who helped elect the president in 2008. …
With the presidential campaign heating up, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. will deliver a speech Tuesday expressing concerns about the voter-identification laws, along with a Texas redistricting plan before the Supreme Court that fails to take into account the state’s burgeoning Hispanic population, he said in an interview Monday.
Holder will speak at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Libary and Museum in Austin, Tex., which honors the president who shepherded the 1965 Voting Rights Act into law. …
When it comes to voting fraud, some conservatives have long argued that it is a serious problem, although others say the number of such cases is relatively low. Studies of the issue have reached different conclusions on the extent of the problem.
“You constantly hear about voter fraud . . . but you don’t see huge amounts of vote fraud out there,’’ Holder said.
…as opposed to this:
You’re not seeing things.
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has given 99% of its campaign money to Democrats (according to ElectionLawCenter.com, citing OpenSecrets.org). Democrats, including Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder, who will be in Austin, Texas tomorrow supporting the rejection of voter-ID laws and, according to the Texas GOP, “NAACP plans to involve the United Nations on (sic) US elections,” abhor the idea of making voters bring some form of photo identification to the polls.
Yet the IAM in the instance photographed required a photo ID of all who wished to vote in a contract ratification election. From the looks of the professionally made sign, the photo-ID requirement in the union’s elections would appear to be far from an isolated instance. Gosh, I wonder why?
Doug Ross’s reaction: “Needle on Hypocrisy-Meter Breaks Off.”
At some point during all these years of covering the voter-ID issue, you would think that someone in the press, much of which is unionized (specifically the Associated Press, which has the credit for the photo above), would have noted that unions at least occasionally and likely far more than occasionally require that members present a photo ID to be able to cast their ballots. Nope. How typically irresponsible.
Translation: Requiring picture ID in order to receive Social Security, Medicare, welfare, a library card, a driver’s license. are totally cool, and requiring picture ID to vote in certain (i.e. union) elections is only sensible. But requiring picture ID for the most sacred act of our republic is racist. Or something.
To recap: Voting for Obama in 2008 proves you’re not racist. Voting for Cain in 2012 proves you are. Got it?
On Martin Bashir’s television program this afternoon, Democratic strategist and MSNBC analyst Karen Finney said that Republicans are supporting Herman Cain because of his race…
“One of the things about Herman Cain is, I think that he makes that white Republican base of the party feel okay, feel like they are not racist because they can like this guy,” Finney said. “I think he giving that base a free pass. And I think they like him because they think he’s a black man who knows his place. I know that’s harsh, but that’s how it sure seems to me.”
“Thank you for spelling that out,” Bashir responded.
Fortunately, this was on MSDNC, so this shameful bigotry was limited to only their viewers…both of them.
Remember when the Tea Party folks were called racist? Good times, good times.
But what really struck me was the small number of black and brown people among the marchers. I had to hunt for Brian Johnson, a 40-year-old African-American male who was surrounded by a group of college-age white males wearing bandanas.
Johnson said he is committed to doing whatever it takes to support this cause.
“If we would pay attention to this movement, we would understand that it is not about young white people. It is about all of us,” he said. “A lot of people are struggling when they don’t have to.”
Zakiyyah S. Muhammad was the only African-American female I spotted.
“I’m here because this has gotten the attention of the people who make policy, but I don’t think enough of us has gotten involved,” she told me.
“It’s a funny thing to see white people marching and black people sitting around talking,” Muhammad mused.
“White people are marching for change like we used to do and black people are complaining.”
To paraphrase Kanye West: The Occupy Wall Street type doesn’t care about black people. Or the homeless, either.
The headline of this blog post comes from El Rushbo, in regards to MSDNC’s Lawrence O’Donnell questioning the “black credentials” of African-American GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain:
Herman Cain Endures Lecture on Blackness from MSNBC White Guy
If asking a billionaire to pay the same tax rate as a Jew, uh, as a janitor makes me a warrior for the working class, I wear that with a badge of honor. I have no problem with that.
I guess all Jews and janitors look alike to him, huh?
As John points out at the link, imagine if a Republican had made such a gaffe. MSNBC would interrupt their non-coverage of Solyndra to make it their talking points du jour.
I tend to dismiss race-hustling poverty prostitutes like Fredrica Wilson (D-FL gerrymandered district). But this one’s a hoot:
“Let us all remember who the real enemy is. The real enemy is the Tea Party — the Tea Party holds the Congress hostage. They have one goal in mind, and that’s to make President Obama a one-term president,” Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) said at a Miami town hall with constituents.
Yep, when she’s not busy blaming the current level of black unemployment on racism, she likes to pass her time uncovering America’s “real enemy”. The enemy is not a socialist, anti-American president who has done his level best to destroy our economy and crush the employment prospects of the very people for whom she purports to stand. The enemy is not bloodthirsty camel-humping jihadists trying to attack us again like they did a decade ago (sidebar: for those of you on the left, feel free to Google “9-11-2001″ if that doesn’t ring a bell).
No, indeed. The “real enemy” is a group of American citizens who believe that the federal government ought to live within its means just like every American family (nay, every family on God’s green Earth) must do. The “real enemy” is a group of American citizens who have the gall to be loyal to the same Constitution that Congresscreeps like Wilson have sworn to uphold and defend. The “real enemy” is a group of American citizens who actually don’t want their kids and grandkids to inherit a nation that is substantially weaker and bleaker than the one we’ve grown to know and love since its inception. These cretins, of course, are the “real enemy”.
Remember when Chairman Zero said to Latinos that they need to “punish our enemies”? That may be one point on which he and I agree. Vermin like ObaMao and his minions like Wilson must be punished at the ballot box by Normal America, and relegated to the dustbin of history when it comes to their policies. They have inflicted enough damage to the country I love, and they must be stopped before they achieve their goal: permanent American irrelevance.
Does anyone have the heart to tell her that The Village People are not holding auditions? Or maybe she’s attending a memorial to the late Macho Man Randy Savage of which I’m not aware?
Arguably the best column I’ve ever read that dissects how an unaccomplished empty suit ever got elevated to the position of leader of the free world. You must read it all, but here are a couple of excerpts to whet the appetite:
Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages. How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world’s largest economy, direct the world’s most powerful military, execute the world’s most consequential job?
Imagine a future historian examining Obama’s pre-presidential life: ushered into and through the Ivy League despite unremarkable grades and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a “community organizer”; a brief career as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact nearly devoid of his attention, so often did he vote “present”); and finally an unaccomplished single term in United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to his presidential ambitions. He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature legislation as legislator.
And then there is the matter of his troubling associations: the white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as Obama’s “spiritual mentor”; a real-life, actual terrorist who served as Obama’s colleague and political sponsor. It is easy to imagine a future historian looking at it all and asking: how on Earth was such a man elected president?
True, Obama himself was never troubled by his lack of achievements, but why would he be? As many have noted, Obama was told he was good enough for Columbia despite undistinguished grades at Occidental; he was told he was good enough for the US Senate despite a mediocre record in Illinois; he was told he was good enough to be president despite no record at all in the Senate. All his life, every step of the way, Obama was told he was good enough for the next step, in spite of ample evidence to the contrary. What could this breed if not the sort of empty narcissism on display every time Obama speaks?
Again, read it all!
David Gregory to Newt: Say, isn’t it racist to note that food stamp use has skyrocketed under Obama?
While I have been piling on Newt recently, and rightly so, this is one instance where I have to defend the big goof. From Meet the Press, hosted by hostile-to-conservatives (yet untouchably “objective”) David Gregory:
DAVID GREGORY, HOST: What, what about jobs? Jobless rate now at 9 percent. You gave a speech on Friday in Georgia, and you said the following about this president:
NEWT GINGRICH: You want to be a country that creates food stamps, in which case frankly Obama’s is an enormous success. The most successful food stamp president in American history. Or do you want to be a country that creates paychecks?
GREGORY: First of all, you gave a speech in Georgia with language a lot of people think could be coded racially-tinged language, calling the president, the first black president, a food stamp president.
Gingrich wasn’t having it:
GINGRICH: Oh, come on, David.
GREGORY: What did you mean? What was the point?
REP. GINGRICH: That’s, that’s bizarre. That–this kind of automatic reference to racism, this is the president of the United States. The president of the United States has to be held accountable. Now, the idea that–and what I said is factually true. Forty-seven million Americans are on food stamps. One out of every six Americans is on food stamps. And to hide behind the charge of racism? I have–I have never said anything about President Obama which is racist.
Numbers are racist. So are stats. And statistical numbers. And numerical statistics. Racist, all of them. And if you look at numbers, you’re a racist, too.
This has been the m.o. of the left and the MSM (pardon the redundancy) since the man-child announced he was running in 2007: any criticism of his policies or the havoc they have wreaked upon this country will automatically and reflexively be chalked up to racism.
That’s one of the many things I’ve always loathed about modern liberalism: for an ideology that fancies itself to be intellectually nuanced, its adherents sure are a bunch of emotional twits devoid of any real rational thought or critical thinking skills. Just like my blog’s subtitle says about liberalism: Why think when you can feel?
As for NBC and Gregory: nope…no liberal media bias!
From the Washington comPost:
A fiery President Obama insisted Tuesday that if he and congressional leaders couldn’t reach a deal to avert a government shutdown, “I want a meeting again tomorrow here at the White House.”
“I will invite the same folks that we invited today,” he added. “And if that doesn’t work, we’ll invite them again the day after that. And I will have my entire team available to work through the details of getting a deal done.”
Well, at least it’s good to see that he’s not voting “present” this time. Nope, instead, he’s voting “absent”!
Obama’s team may not include the president himself. Despite the impasse in Washington over federal spending, the president as of early Wednesday was scheduled to give two speeches outside of Washington: one on energy in the Philadelphia suburbs, then another Wednesday evening to a group of black political activists in New York.
But hey, I’m sure he’s got a good reason for not taking a leadership role in heading off a government shutdown. Yeah…”good reason“:
Obama will be speaking Wednesday for the first time as commander in chief at the annual convention of the National Action Network and standing with its founder, the Rev. Al Sharpton – whom the President largely ignored before his 2008 election.
The symbolic speech at the Sheraton in midtown – coming just days after the President held two events in Harlem – indicates that Obama, who is battling slipping poll numbers, is trying to bolster his standing among African-Americans, political scientists said.
Why take an active role in breaking a budgeting impasse when you’ve got race-hustling poverty homeys to hang with for fundraising, right?
Notice something here:
But Obama, in his most candid moments, acknowledged that race was still a problem. In May 2010, he told guests at a private White House dinner that race was probably a key component in the rising opposition to his presidency from conservatives, especially right-wing activists in the anti-incumbent “Tea Party” movement that was then surging across the country. Many middle-class and working-class whites felt aggrieved and resentful that the federal government was helping other groups, including bankers, automakers, irresponsible people who had defaulted on their mortgages, and the poor, but wasn’t helping them nearly enough, he said. A guest suggested that when Tea Party activists said they wanted to “take back” their country, their real motivation was to stir up anger and anxiety at having a black president, and Obama didn’t dispute the idea. He agreed that there was a “subterranean agenda” in the anti-Obama movement—a racially biased one—that was unfortunate.
So if “take back America” is racist, then how’s about a convention of bigots on the left where Obama has spoken TWICE?
Hypocrisy and bigotry: crunchy and good with ketchup.
Black House members: GOP budget that trims federal spending just a tad is proof that the GOP hates black people. Or something.
Trying to get your debt under control is racist. Numbers are racist. Just like the GOP, or something. From The Hill:
Black lawmakers on Monday said GOP-proposed budget cuts would move the country in the opposite direction of the civil rights movement.
The lawmakers, all members of the Congressional Black Caucus, used the last day of Black History Month to argue the GOP-backed cuts would fall hardest on black Americans.
“It’s really especially poignant that this year during Black History Month, the Republican leadership has proposed a budget for fiscal year 2011 that will fall most heavily, mind you, on the backs of the most vulnerable in our society: African Americans, Latinos, and poor, those who have been shut of the American dream,” said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who described the cuts as ill-timed and destructive.
“At a time when we should be remembering and uplifting the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans, to the history, culture, civil rights and economy of America, we are literally during this month debating steps that will severely undercut and undermine that legacy,” she said.
Lee also criticized Republicans for saying “so be it” when asked their reaction to the idea that cuts to government spending might hurt U.S. job growth. “So be it,” she repeated. “That’s not what the Civil Rights movement was about.”
Nope, apparently “what the Civil Rights movement was about” was federal spending into insolvency and making black Americans slaves to the federal government. I don’t recall seeing that in my history books growing up. Guess I should Google it.
Anyway, just last night, I was trying to balance my checkbook, and I decided that with gas and groceries being more expensive, it wouldn’t be a good idea to buy those Starbucks mochas every day. I didn’t realize that I was being racist for exhibiting financial common sense like that. That sucks.
Yeah, I’m gonna go there:
The story of Barack Obama’s rise is familiar enough not to warrant repeating. What is unusual about Remnick’s version is that he tells it through the lens of race. As an American boy growing up in Indonesia and Hawaii in the aftermath of the civil rights movement, Obama was in a confusing position. He looked black, but he didn’t know any blacks. He was descended from slave owners but not from slaves. Most disorientingly, Hawaii—where he was brought up by his white grandparents—lacked even those lingering remnants of racism, the exposure and expunging of which was, by the 1970s, the main preoccupation of the burgeoning establishment that had grown out of the civil rights movement.
In a way that strikes Remnick as both “touching” and “awkward,” Obama began “giving himself instruction on how to be black.” He wrote letters to his father that went unanswered. He sought out military servicemen to play basketball with, in hopes of learning their slang. In college, Obama read deeply in black literature and history. He gravitated towards community organizing in poor black neighborhoods on the South Side of Chicago. At law school he took a lot of classes in civil rights law, and then spurned a lucrative career track to take up civil rights work at Davis, Miner, which Remnick calls “a classic liberal ‘good-guy’ firm.” As a lecturer at the University of Chicago, he taught a course (by all accounts superb) called Current Issues in Racism and the Law. He sought out as a mentor the fiery advocate of “black-liberation theology,” Jeremiah Wright.
As Maetenloch puts it:
He was born only half black, didn’t grow up in a black family, and didn’t really know any black people until he was nearly an adult, yet now he’s considered the epitome of the successful American black man. This was not an accidental transformation.
Yet 53% of the American public were duped, especially the 95%+ of black Americans who voted for him, thinking “He’s one of us. He gets us!” I have never understood why skin pigmentation had anything to do with fitness for public office in any capacity.
Not that I have a problem with that, mind you. After all, it was two years ago when that jackwagon Alan Grayson fluked out a win in FL-8, and his jackassery made him an immediate target. Several other low-hanging fruit were high on our hit list, too.
Here’s what I find funny, though:
It’s a similar story in Florida, where Democrats say GOP Rep.-elect Allen West (a black retired Marine – CL), an outspoken tea party favorite who defeated Democratic Rep. Ron Klein, presents an enticing target. The Florida Republican stumbled earlier last month when he named a local conservative radio host who had been supportive of his campaign to serve as chief of staff — a move West later backtracked on after he came under criticism.
“As it stands now, he’s certainly a focus,” said Brian Smoot, a former DCCC political director who ran Klein’s 2006 race for the Democratic-leaning South Beach-area seat. “Even if the district is drawn differently, I think West will have a difficult time.”
1. Considering that Republicans control both chambers of the FL legislature, plus they own the governorship, it’s clear they will redraw districts in such a way as to favor West (despite the two new redistricting amendments that passed last month).
2. Why do Democrats hate black people? (Two can play that game, huh? )
Lewis: I don’t know the facts of Rangel’s case, but I do know that Rangel went to Selma, so that ought to count for something. Right?
Video clip at The Right Scoop, and it’s funny (and classic Rush).
“House ethics” strikes me as an oxymoron, but here you have it. The Democrat-controlled House Ethics Committee found Charlie Rangel (D-Harlem) guilty. I doubt any punishment will result, other than the loss of his chair of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Hmmm? What’s that? Oh, that’s right! He’s losing his chair anyway, on account of the GOP House takeover in a couple of months.
Exit question: Why do Democrats hate black people?
Updates will be flowing throughout the evening. I’ll probably hit the hay around midnight or so, since those crazy people that sign my paychecks expect me to show up tomorrow and do stuff. Crazy b#st#rds! (For those of you on the left, google “paycheck” if the term confuses you.)
UPDATE 7:45 PM EST: Rand Paul wins KY Senate race over Jack Conway. Aqua Buddha hardest hit. Also, Rob Portman wins OH Senate seat vacated by RINO George Voinovich by beating Lee Fisher (D). Pickup news: Dan Coats beats liberal Brad Ellsworth for Evan Bayh’s vacated IN Senate seat. +1 GOP pickup.
UPDATE 8:00PM EST: The AP is calling the FL Senate race for Marco Rubio! Most elections, I vote against someone, but with Rubio, I enthusiastically voted for him. Two man-crushes now: Rubio and Chris Christie (I still like women, though!). Governor Citrus’ pathetic career comes to a bitter end, though I’m sure Willy Wonka will put him back to work in the chocolate factory.
UPDATE 8:10 PM EST: The left had hoped to pick up Senate seats in NH and MO (in addition to OH, mentioned above), but it didn’t happen. Republicans Ayotte in NH and Blunt in MO hold serve. #sshat Alan Grayson is getting pounded early in FL, which means he’s probably got MSNBC on speed dial and has an itchy dialing finger.
Also, Palin’s gal Christine O’Donnell got creamed by the Bearded Marxist in DE (enjoy Mike Castle’s RINO scalp!). It didn’t have to be that way, people.
UPDATE 8:30 PM EST: Blanche Lincoln gets blasted by John Boozman. Hey, Blanche, how’d that ObamaCare vote work out for you? You’re welcome, Kevin. +2 GOP pickup.
UPDATE 8:32 PM EST: Other “Blue Dogs” have fallen. Suzanne Kosmas traded her vote on ObamaCare for some NASA pork, but she’s done. VA’s Tom Perriello won narrowly in a reddish district in ’08, but his Lap Dog votes on ObamaCare, cap and tax, and Porkulus cost him this seat. His fellow VA Dem Rick Boucher just lost, as did Glenn Nye.
UPDATE 9:35 PM EST: Another FL Democrat falls: Allen Boyd in FL-2, in the Panhandle. Hard to be a “Blue Dog” when you’re adding ObamaCare’s trillions in debt, huh? Anywho, Barney Frank wins, and we have a Senate pickup in ND, as John Hoeven takes Byron Dorgan’s old seat. +3 GOP pickup.
UPDATE 10:20 PM EST: FL governor’s race still up in the air. Scott (R) up by 4% with about 75% of the votes in (and Democrat-heavy south FL isn’t finished), nowhere near ready to be called. NM will elect a Republican Latina governor. Also, the Senate is off the table, but the House is ours, baby! Chris Matthews’ leg hardest hit.
Olbermann has a hard time finding black people at Tea Party rallies, so perhaps he’ll have an easier time finding Tim Scott, the newly elected black Republican Congressman from SC-1. He’ll be in the Capitol, douche.
If retired Marine Allen West (no relation to Batman) beats Ron Klein in FL-22, that will be two black Republicans in the House. If Ryan Frazier comes from behind to win in CO-7, that would be three black Republicans. If those two men lose, can we ask why Democrats hate black people?
UPDATE 10:40 PM EST: McCain’s buddy Russ Feingold (D-WI) falls to businessman Ron Johnson. +4 GOP pickup.
Also, SC elects Palin’s gal Nikki Haley as governor. Haley endured mudslinging, especially unfounded rumors of an affair (and if you saw the dude who accused her of sleeping with him, you’d know it was a lie, as the guy was uglier than Helen Thomas chasing a parked car…and catching it.)
Stupak mortgaged his career for ObamaCare, and his seat just went to Republican Dan Banishek.
UPDATE 11:00 PM EST: Remember this guy? Phil Hare (D-IL), who said he didn’t care about the Constitution and that the deficit was a “myth”? Yeah, well now his career his a myth, as he just fell.
Still waiting on FL governor. 83% in, Scott up by 3% with South FL coming in.
UPDATE 11:40 PM EST: AP calls it for Pat Toomey. +5 GOP pickup.
UPDATE 11:59 PM EST: FL governor’s race still not decided. 91% of the votes in, Scott up by 2%, not done yet.
AP calls IL Senate for Mark Kirk. Obama’s old seat, in Republican hands! +6 GOP pickup.
Allen West did defeat Ron Klein in FL-22. Predicted MSM headline: Two black Republicans going to Congress, blacks hardest hit.
Votes out west being counted, but Californiastan votes for that senile relic Jerry Brown for governor, as well as Senator Ma’am, thus proving that they have no interest in resolving their economic despair anytime soon. Don’t know any more, I’m off to bed.
UPDATE 09:39 AM EST: FL governor’s race still not decided. 99% of the precincts are in, with Republican Rick Scott clinging to a 1% 53,000 vote lead, and about 66 precincts in heavily Democrat Palm Beach County remaining. If Scott’s lead holds and stays above 27,000, he avoids the state-mandated automatic recount. However, since Sink is married to ambulance chaser Bill McBride (recipient of Jeb Bush’s buttkicking in 2002), I wouldn’t be shocked if her side sues in the event of a loss.
UPDATE 10:49 AM EST: The FL governor’s race appears to be over. Alex Sink just conceded to Republican Rick Scott. It was very close, but in the end, the votes just weren’t there. And while that inconvenience doesn’t always stop Dems from finding/creating more, I guess Sink concluded that Scott’s win was outside the margin of fraud.
Also, don’t look now, but the nepot from AK (Princess Murkowski) looks like she just might pull off her write-in bid to get back to DC. Absentee ballots and overseas ballots have to be counted, and they did swing the 2008 Senate election to Democrat Mark Begich, so anything’s possible, I guess. But it’s not looking good for Republican Joe Miller.
The post-racial prez deviated away from his tele-binky to offer this up:
In a little more than five hours in the state, Obama was booked for a factory tour and for a pair of fundraisers that party officials said would bring in $500,000.
He said Republicans had driven the economy into a ditch and then stood by and criticized while Democrats pulled it out. Now that progress (what “progress”? – CL) has been made, he said, “we can’t have special interests sitting shotgun. We gotta have middle class families up in front. We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”
Less than a week, jack#ss. Less than a week. Then you will be riding in the back of the short bus on which you’ve been riding for your entire electoral career.
Dude, you absolutely must read Charles Krauthammer’s latest column. Money quote (which, by the way, does NOT give you an excuse to skip reading his brilliance):
The Democrats are going to get beaten badly in November. Not just because the economy is ailing. And not just because Obama over-read his mandate in governing too far left. But because a comeuppance is due the arrogant elites whose undisguised contempt for the great unwashed prevents them from conceding a modicum of serious thought to those who dare oppose them.
Exactamundo! For as long as I’ve kept up with politics, one of the things that has always kept me from being a liberal (and the reasons are legion) is that the left is so arrogant, so condescending, so elitist…in spite of the fact that there is a mountain of evidence that proves their ways don’t work! Hopefully, this November will illustrate that lesson to them yet again.
And the left wants us to keep them in charge for this?
The Department of Justice is seeking to hire linguists fluent in Ebonics to help monitor, translate, and transcribe the secretly recorded conversations of subjects of narcotics investigations, according to federal records.
A maximum of nine Ebonics experts will work with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Atlanta field division, where the linguists, after obtaining a “DEA Sensitive” security clearance, will help investigators decipher the results of “telephonic monitoring of court ordered nonconsensual intercepts, consensual listening devices, and other media”
The DEA’s need for full-time linguists specializing in Ebonics is detailed in bid documents related to the agency’s mid-May issuance of a request for proposal (RFP) covering the provision of as many as 2100 linguists for the drug agency’s various field offices. Answers to the proposal were due from contractors on July 29.
Sometimes, the absurdity is just so glaring that there isn’t much else to say.
Exit question: Are there really linguists who specialize in Ebonics?
Race-baiting former Memphis mayor Willie Herenton suffers indignity of losing to white guy in black Memphis district
I got downright giddy typing that headline. Sugar rush, I tell ya. Wait…sugar is white, isn’t it? I must be a racist.
Oh, yeah, the story:
Elsewhere in Tennessee primary results Thursday, Rep. Steve Cohen easily dispatched with former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton in the 9th district Democratic race. Cohen had 79 percent of the vote to 21 percent for Herenton, with 78 percent of precincts reporting.
Cohen, who is white, first won the majority-black Memphis-based district in 2006 and race has been the focus of his two primaries since then. After handily defeating attorney Nikki Tinker in the 2008 contest, this cycle Cohen got the endorsement of President Barack Obama and support from the Congressional Black Caucus (which saw some of its members aid Tinker in 2008).
For those of you who don’t know Herenton’s history, here’s the condensed version:
Willie Herenton (a black man) used to be superintendent of Memphis’ abysmal city school system. He ”resigned” for sexually harrassing a subordinate. His revenge was to run for mayor of Memphis, a predominantly black city, and won a narrow race (146 votes) in 1991. His 17-year reign of incompetence and shame ended when he resigned in 2008. During his reign, the city’s crime, poverty, illegitimacy, and welfare dependency rates skyrocketed, while its school system and academic achievement levels rapidly deteriorated. Herenton was not well-liked at all, even by the black community. So how did he keep getting re-elected? Simple: Vote for me, because my opponent is a cracka. Worked every time. Until now.
Congressman Steve Cohen (a white man) represents a racially gerrymandered district in Memphis. He has now survived two consecutive primaries, both of which saw his black opponents run a campaign of “Why you votin’ for a cracka Jewboy? Vote for me, ‘cuz my skin is darker!” Amazingly, Cohen withstood both attacks, and by impressive margins.
Don’t get me wrong: Cohen is a horrible man, a barking moonbat of the highest order. I take no pleasure in the knowledge that he is an elected official. But you must indulge me as I take heaping, copious amounts of pleasure in seeing Herenton go down faster than Monica Lewinsky in her presidential kneepads!
If, for some weird reason, you haven’t done so yet, you may now and from this point forward ignore anything that the NAACP ever says or does when it comes to issues related to racism and discrimination. Wait, the same NAACP that just last week, kicked around the idea of passing a resolution condemning Tea Partiers as racist? The sorry details (video at link):
We are in possession of a video from in which Shirley Sherrod, USDA Georgia Director of Rural Development, speaks at the NAACP Freedom Fund dinner in Georgia. In her meandering speech to what appears to be an all-black audience, this federally appointed executive bureaucrat lays out in stark detail, that her federal duties are managed through the prism of race and class distinctions.
In the first video, Sherrod describes how she racially discriminates against a white farmer. She describes how she is torn over how much she will choose to help him. And, she admits that she doesn’t do everything she can for him, because he is white. Eventually, her basic humanity informs that this white man is poor and needs help. But she decides that he should get help from “one of his own kind”. She refers him to a white lawyer.
Sherrod’s racist tale is received by the NAACP audience with nodding approval and murmurs of recognition and agreement. Hardly the behavior of the group now holding itself up as the supreme judge of another groups’ racial tolerance.
We don’t really need to play “what if a white federal government official had said this?”, do we?
The only thing more disgusting than this sorry Obamaton shedding some light on her racist warped viewpoint is the approval she gets from the other NAACP members in attendance. I look forward to the spin that they put forth after the MSM calls them on this…pffffffff-bwahahahahaha! I couldn’t even get through that sentence without cracking up!
Moonbat Congresswoman: Tea Partiers are modern-day KKK members, plus we have two Vietnams living in peace
All those who wore sheets a long time ago have now lifted them off and started wearing [applause], uh, clothing, uh, with a name, say, I am part of the Tea Party.
Oooo. Pithy. Cheeky. Slam dunk. There’s just one little problem: the Klan was, according to all historians, “the terrorist wing of the Democrat Party”. Plus, a Klansman was elected for several decades as a beloved and revered Democrat Senator from WV (Robert Byrd was unavailable for comment).
This level of historical ignorance is not surprising, because she wasn’t finished beclowing herself today:
Oh. My. Stars.
First of all, Rip Van Winkle, due to your 35-year nap, you probably missed the part where there is no longer and North and South Vietnam. It’s one country now. Those crazy kids on the street refer to it as “Vietnam”. They live “peacefully” as one country because the North invaded the South and took over it, after a barbaric and bloody invasion and subsequent imposition of communism.
Secondly, as Moe Lane points out, she apparently is confusing North Korea with South Korea. While they are still two countries (though, as with Vietnam, in a north-south geographical arrangement), to describe these countries as living in harmony is appallingly ludicrous. I mean, the NorKoms just sank a South Korean ship, for Pete’s sake! Nothing says “I love you, man” quite like torpedoing their boat, n’est-ce pas?
Lee, Corrine Brown, Hank Johnson, and scores of others are examples of the levels of embarrassing ignorance that can make it to D.C. on the back of racial gerrymandering.
And by “racist right-wing news outlet”, naturally I’m referring to…the Washington comPost!
Hmmm. I guess all black people look the same to the comPost’s writers and editors. Good thing they’ve got all those multiple layers of fact-checkers that we pitiful bloggers don’t have, huh?
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