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This Just In: Environmentalists Hate Minorities And Poor People!

So say, um, a pair of GOP/Exxon operatives pretending to be anti-poverty black activists:

A gathering led by Niger Innis of the Congress of Racial Equality, Bishop Harry Jackson of the High Impact Leadership Coalition, and the new group Americans for American Energy held a press conference yesterday demanding increased “American Energy” production.  Their contentions were twofold: that high energy costs disproportionately harm low-income families, and that increased domestic oil drilling would solve the problem.  Standing in the way: the “elitist Volvo-driving” environmentalists. Watch:

Although CORE was once a prominent civil rights group, after Niger Innis’s father, Roy, took control in 1968, he led it to the far right, honoring Karl Rove at its Martin Luther King dinner, backing extreme Bush judges, and defending oil companies. According to a Mother Jones article, “Innis has been accused by founder James Farmer and other black leaders of renting out CORE’s historic reputation to corporations like Monsanto and ExxonMobil. (CORE even mounted a counterprotest to environmentalists picketing an ExxonMobil shareholders’ meeting.)”

For CORE, this event was no different. Niger Innis proclaimed his coalition to open up domestic drilling to be “very much like the civil rights revolution in its diversity and in its moral passion.”

Early in the press conference, Harry Jackson defined the enemy: “The fact is that we have environmental groups who are basically elitist, they are trying to dramatically change our lives, they are basically saying that they want to have a wholesale transformation of our culture and society.” Limiting drilling in ANWR, he said, is “a huge problem.”

While he once again claimed to be a Democratic voter, Jackson is a frequent spokesman for groups and causes on the Religious Right, and he’s apparently expanding his portfolio to issues of the economic Right. Jackson took the time yesterday to hawk the new book he co-wrote with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, which included a chapter on anti-environmentalism as a “faith” issue.

A long series of Congressional Republicans followed, extolling the virtues of American energy, gleefully leading the crowd in chants of “Stop the War on the Poor,” and continuing the assault on environmentalists. A representative of Americans for American Energy, Colorado State Sen. Bill Cadman, called out the “environmental racists, environmental terrorists.” Democrats were also a favorite target.

Well, I sure am glad to see that someone is looking out for the poor, even if it’s only Republicans and oil companies.

As GOP Senate candidate Steve Pearce says, “At a time when we’re facing $4 gasoline, I think that you need people who’ve been in the energy industry to tell us what to do.”  So true, Steve.  So true.

4 comments July 29th, 2008 at 10:11pm Posted by Eli

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A Blackberry Is Not A Truck.

Episode #513 of Republicans Vs. Technology:

The Iranians are still exporting the most lethal explosive devices across the Iraqi border and into Iraq and killing brave, young Americans and Iran is still supporting terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah and Hamas. So, if they want to communicate with us and we want to communicate with them, fine. We all have blackberries. It’s fine.

Awesome.  John McCain is totally “with it”, as the kids say these days.

Also worth noting from the video: A banana is not a poll.

10 comments July 29th, 2008 at 09:20pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Iran,Iraq,McCain,Media,Politics,Quotes,Republicans,Technology

And Yet Still More B&W Demolition Photoblogging

Yes, there are rather a lot of these.  And I’m even trying to be selective.
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This is an appalling waste of incongruous pinkness, but it really does look better in black & white. Also, just to brag on my camera a little: On the original full-size image, that warning label is very clearly readable.

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I liked the shapes, but I couldn’t get the walls and ceiling as white as I would have liked. Also, if I had a really powerful telephoto, I could have done something with the cool distorted reflections of the ruined building in the light fixture. (Yes, I’m bragging on my camera again…)

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Apparently it’s important to keep the building wet while it’s being demolished. Who knew.

1 comment July 29th, 2008 at 11:16am Posted by Eli

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I Realize That… Now.

This just in: Military action not the best way to combat terrorism:

The United States can defeat al-Qaida if it relies less on force and more on policing and intelligence to root out the terror group’s leaders, a new study contends.

“Keep in mind that terrorist groups are not eradicated overnight,” said the study by the federally funded Rand research center, an organization that counsels the Pentagon.

Its report said that the use of military force by the United States or other countries should be reserved for quelling large, well-armed and well-organized insurgencies, and that American officials should stop using the term “war on terror” and replace it with “counterterrorism.”

Wow, no kidding.  I seem to recall John Kerry being ridiculed for saying this in 2004, and I seem to recall Bill Clinton being ridiculed for practicing it prior to 2001.

So how’s Dubya’s completely-ignore-terrorism-then-start-invading-people strategy working out for us, then?

(h//t Phoenix Woman)

1 comment July 29th, 2008 at 07:11am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Blogosphere,Bush,Iraq,Republicans,Terrorism,Wankers,War

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