A T-shirt featuring Barack Obama dressed as a witch doctor — complete with a bone through the president’s nose — is proving to be somewhat popular at the South Carolina tea party convention in Myrtle Beach, according to the shirt’s creator.
Bob Cramer, a Myrtle Beach local, told Palmetto Public Record that his homemade airbrushed shirt is meant to be a comment about President Obama’s “takeover of medicine” through the Affordable Care Act. The shirt claims that Obama-the-medicine-man is “your new doctor, coming soon to a clinic near you!”
“Some people tell me it’s racist, but it’s not racist — it’s political,” Cramer said. “Matter of fact, that’s how I got invited here.”
Oh, absolutely. I’m sure that if it were Hillarycare or Bidencare, we’d be seeing pictures of Hill or Joe as a witch doctor. But one of the commenters has the best explanation of all as to why it’s not racist:
How in the world is this racist? If the same image (witch doctor type outfit, pierced nose, etc) were made of say, George Bush—or any white politician—it would be fine, right? To say you can’t depict Obama in a way that would be fine for any other person BECAUSE of his race is sorta’ racist itself, IMO.
So according to this logic, anything that could hypothetically be applied to a white person, no matter how nonsensically, not only can’t be considered racist, but exposes anyone who calls it racist as being the real racist. It’s so stupid it’s brilliant!
The bigoted asshole acts against gays based on who they are; the bystanders and proprietors act against bigoted assholes because of WHO THEY CHOOSE TO BE.
It’s a subtle point, I know; but maybe these idiots will figure out someday that if you don’t want to be treated like some kind of backward troglodyte who is unfit for polite society, then maybe, y’know, don’t be one.
I also like this right-wing lunatic’s attempt to draw parallels between liberalism and Islam, when fundamentalist Islam and fundamentalist Christianity have such similar contempt for gays and women and absolute intolerance for all other beliefs.
Of course I don’t really expect Boehner to remove one of his own caucus members from the House Intelligence Committee for such a teensy-weensy infraction as calling people Islamist infiltrators based on ridiculously flimsy evidence, but saying “I don’t know that that’s related at all” is going a bit too far.
It’s not just that Bachmann is temperamentally unsuited to have a seat on such an important committee, but the fact that she can’t tell fact from fiction, or Muslim from terrorist. How is that level of delusional incompetence anything but a hindrance to the committee’s responsibilities?
Yes, the fact that a bunch of James O’Keefe’s conservative dickheads attempted to commit voter fraud surely proves that we have an urgently pressing need to disenfranchise minorities and poor people.
Actually, perhaps we are misreading O’Keefe’s stunt as whistleblowing theater rather than a threat: i.e., If you don’t start requiring photo IDs at the polls, then my right-wing friends and I are going to take advantage and start stealing elections from right under your noses until you make us stop.
Outside of the “severe labor shortages” (but not to worry, they’re only at farms and poultry plants), it sounds like the good citizens of Alabama don’t really enjoy the government treating them like they look Mexican.
Todd Remis sues mom & pop photo business for $50,000 to bring back everyone from his wedding to recreate the photographs from 8 years ago… and 3 years after his divorce. Oh, and he doesn’t know where his ex-wife is. Gee, I can’t imagine why that marriage didn’t last…
Masudur Rahman, a professor of Arabic at the University of Memphis, and Mohamed Zaghloul, Imam at the Islamic Association of Greater Memphis, were asked to deplane Atlantic Southeast Airlines flight 5452 from Memphis to Charlotte. They were subjected to additional security checks after the plane had pushed back from the gate, Rahman told Reuters by telephone.
After additional screening, the two men were cleared by Delta representatives to re-board the plane, but were then told the pilot would not take them, Rahman said.
The two men were headed to a North American Imams conference where they were scheduled to lead prayers. This year’s conference is discussing Islamophobia or fears of Islam and discrimination against American Muslims.
Sigh. At least we know the conference is still relevant.
If it comes out that you like to participate in WWII re-enactments wearing a Nazi uniform, your best hope of salvaging the situation is probably to point out that somebody has to play the bad guys. Not exactly the route Rich Iott chose, however…
“I don’t know that I would put that label on them. They were doing what they thought was right for their country. And they were going out and fighting what they thought was a bigger, you know, a bigger evil.”
Iott also contended that “this particular unit was one that was never charged with war crimes,” though Cooper pointed out that one member was recently charged with the murder of 58 Jews. Iott replied: “The war on the eastern front was extremely brutal on both sides. Nobody was lily-white, that’s for sure. Horrible things that happened on both sides.”
Cooper also asked about the reenators’ website, which he said describes members of the Wiking unit as “valiant men.” He asked Iott if he believed these were “valiant men.”
“I think that they thought they were fighting for their homeland,” Iott said. When pressed further, he replied: “I don’t think we can sit here and judge that today. We weren’t there the time they made those decisions.”
Epic Fail. Doubling down on defending the poor misunderstood patriotic Nazis is never a winning strategy. And dismissing the murders of 58 Jews as basically “shit happens” isn’t exactly smooth either.
Jim Russell, a right-wing activist running against Congresswoman Nita Lowey in the 18th district mid-state, has a rather interesting past. Specifically, writing lengthy essays in support of white supremacy.
Russell wrote an essay entitled “The Western Contribution to World History,” which was published in the 2001/2002 issue of the magazine “Occidental Quarterly,” which has been described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as “racist” and whose “editors and advisory board members have constituted a ‘Who’s Who’ of the radical right, and its regular publication of extremists’ articles has made it a favorite among academic racists in America.”
It lauds efforts of “scientists” like Arthur Jensen and others who have spent years trying to “prove” that whites are genetically more intelligent than black people. It describes an “optimal society” by quoting T. S. Eliot: “reasons of race and culture combine to make any large number of free-thinking Jews undesirable.”…
It has been demonstrated that finches raised by foster parents of a different species of finch will later exhibit a lifelong sexual attraction toward the alien species. One wonders how a child’s sexual imprinting mechanism is affected by forcible racial integration and near continual exposure to media stimuli promoting interracial contact. The most serious implication of human sexual imprinting for our genetic future is that it would establish the destructiveness of school integration, especially in the middle and high-school years. One can only wonder to what degree the advocates of school integration, such as former NAACP attorney Jack Greenberg, were conscious of this scientific concept. It also compounds the culpability of media moguls who deliberately popularize miscegenation in films directed toward adolescents and pre-adolescents. In the midst of this onslaught against our youth, parents need to be reminded that they have a natural obligation, as essential as providing food and shelter, to instill in their children an acceptance of appropriate ethnic boundaries for socialization and for marriage.The sociobiological warfare that our youth is subjected to is likely to be even more diabolical since it appears to deliberately exploit a biological theory of sexual imprinting at the critical period of sexual maturity. Movies like this past year’s spate of miscegenationist titles, Save the Last Dance, Crazy / Beautiful and O, a parody of Othello, appear deliberately designed to exploit the critical period of sexual imprinting in their target audiences of white pre-adolescent girls and adolescent young women.
There is now afoot a conscious effort to de-Europeanize and to re-Judaize Christianity, through scriptural revision, internal treachery and external pressure.
The importance of applying eugenic measures in the West becomes evident from Richard Lynn’s recent work on Dysgenics and his just-released seminal work Eugenics: A Reassessment.
I don’t really have anything to add to this other than holy fucking crap. How many toxic crazies does it take to discredit the GOP? Will there ever come a time when they start rejecting instead of embracing them?
Stanley Fish had a nice column in yesterday’s NYT pointing out the cynical inconsistency of right-wing reaction to terrorist attacks, depending on the perpetrator:
In the brief period between the bombing and the emergence of McVeigh, speculation had centered on Arab terrorists and the culture of violence that was said to be woven into the fabric of the religion of Islam.
But when it turned out that a white guy (with the help of a few of his friends) had done it, talk of “culture” suddenly ceased and was replaced by the vocabulary and mantras of individualism: each of us is a single, free agent; blaming something called “culture” was just a way of off-loading responsibility for the deeds we commit; in America, individuals, not groups, act; and individuals, not groups, should be held accountable. McVeigh may have looked like a whole lot of other guys who dressed up in camouflage and carried guns and marched in the woods, but, we were told by the same people who had been mouthing off about Islam earlier, he was just a lone nut, a kook, and generalizations about some “militia” culture alive and flourishing in the heartland were entirely unwarranted.
It is wrong, we hear, to regard the proposed mosque or community center as an ordinary exercise of free enterprise and freedom of religion by the private owners of a piece of property. It is, rather, a thumb in the eye or a slap in the face of the 9/11 victims and their families, a potential clearinghouse for international terrorist activities, a “victory mosque” memorializing a great triumph of jihad and a monument to the religion in whose name and by whose adherents the dreadful deed was done.
But according to the same folks who oppose the mosque because of what it stands for, Michael Enright’s act doesn’t stand for anything and is certainly not the product of what Time magazine calls a growing “American strain of Islamophobia.” Instead, The New York Post declares, the stabbing is “the act of a disturbed individual who is now in custody,” and across the fold of the page columnist Jonah Goldberg says that “one assault doesn’t a national trend make” and insists that “we shouldn’t let anyone suggest that this criminal reflects anybody but himself.”
The formula is simple and foolproof (although those who deploy it so facilely seem to think we are all fools): If the bad act is committed by a member of a group you wish to demonize, attribute it to a community or a religion and not to the individual. But if the bad act is committed by someone whose profile, interests and agendas are uncomfortably close to your own, detach the malefactor from everything that is going on or is in the air (he came from nowhere) and characterize him as a one-off, non-generalizable, sui generis phenomenon.
How many violent homicidal right-wing crazies do we have to see before we see some conservatives start to admit that maybe, just maybe, that DHS report was right about the dangers of right-wing extremism, not to mention all the provocative teabagger rhetoric about 2nd Amendment remedies and watering the tree of liberty? Or are murder and incitement okay as long as you pretend that they’re motivated by patriotism?
From the insane racist conservatives who insist that Obama is the one who’s stirring up race hatred. Against white people, that is.
I have a lot of problems with Obama – I think he’s been a huge disappointment with outright disdain for the progressive movement, but here’s a news flash: Not being enthusiastically on board with white racism does not actually make someone an anti-white racist.
[Rep. William] Snyder, a former police officer, said the proposed legislation is needed to protect undocumented immigrants, who are vulnerable to abusive employers and violent criminals.
“This is a human right issue,” he said. “They don’t enjoy the same rights and privileges that you and I do. The solution is to enforce the laws that currently exist and to discourage people from coming here to ‘find a better life’ when in fact they just come here and are victimized.”
Aww, what a sweet compassionate man. He only wants to harass Hispanics to protect them. Needless to say, Florida’s immigrant and Hispanic communities don’t see it quite the same way…
“The reaction is, ‘What? This is ridiculous,’ ” said Neelofer Syed, a Tampa immigration lawyer who hails from Pakistan. “It is supposed to be that you are legal until you are proven guilty. This law is like, ‘we think you are guilty unless you establish that you are innocent.’ ”
Rep. J.C. Planas, a Republican from Miami, called it an election year stunt.
“I don’t understand how anyone can think the Arizona law is good for Florida,” said Planas, chairman of the Florida Hispanic Legislative Caucus. “It is a huge waste of police resources to start doing these things.”
I’m wondering what the Cuban community thinks of this. I’m no expert on Florida politics, but I got the pretty strong impression that they have an awful lot of political clout, and antagonizing them seems like a really bad idea. I’m not sure they necessarily see things the same way as the Hispanic population in general, but they would certainly be subject to being harassed for their papers, so I can’t see them being big fans.
Yes, it is kinda ironic that the teabaggers are suddenly so up in arms about government infringing on personal freedom, yet don’t seem at all bothered by Arizona’s show-me-your-papers law. I’m pretty sure their passion for freedom only applies to white people – after all, it’s not like the teabaggers were up in arms about Bush/Cheney’s warrantless wiretapping, indefinite detentions, or torture of Teh Scary Muslims.
Wow, I sure have learned many fascinating things about Rand Paul, racism and the 1964 Civil Rights Act in the past 24 hours. Let’s start with his post-primary victory lap, which is apparently the perfect time to start disparaging one of the most important bills of the 20th century:
SIEGEL: You’ve said that business should have the right to refuse service to anyone, and that the Americans with Disabilities Act, the ADA, was an overreach by the federal government. Would you say the same by extension of the 1964 Civil Rights Act?
Dr. PAUL: What I’ve always said is that I’m opposed to institutional racism, and I would’ve, had I’ve been alive at the time, I think, had the courage to march with Martin Luther King to overturn institutional racism, and I see no place in our society for institutional racism.
SIEGEL: But it’s been one of the major developments in American history in the course of your life. I mean, do you think the ’64 Civil Rights Act or the ADA for that matter were just overreaches and that business shouldn’t be bothered by people with the basis in law to sue them for redress?
Dr. PAUL: Right. I think a lot of things could be handled locally. For example, I think that we should try to do everything we can to allow for people with disabilities and handicaps. You know, we do it in our office with wheelchair ramps and things like that. I think if you have a two-story office and you hire someone who’s handicapped, it might be reasonable to let him have an office on the first floor rather than the government saying you have to have a $100,000 elevator. And I think when you get to the solutions like that, the more local the better, and the more common sense the decisions are, rather than having a federal government make those decisions.
In other words, Rand Paul believes that institutional (but only institutional?) racism is a Terrible Horrible Very Bad Thing… that should be legal. And the Civil Rights Act and the ADA are government overreach because racism and ableism can be solved with a little locally applied common sense.
Rand Paul lashed out at the “loony left” for pressing him on his view of the 1964 Civil Rights Act in an interview with Laura Ingraham this morning.
“I’ve never really favored any change in the Civil Rights Act,” he said. “They seem to have unleashed some of the loony left on me.”
Paul called the Civil Rights Act “settled” but suggested he does view federal regulation of private business on matters of racial discrimination as fundamentally unconstitutional.
So Rand Paul thinks the Civil Rights Act is fundamentally unconstitutional but is willing to let it slide because it’s settled law, and anyone who thinks this is disturbing must be part of the “loony left”? Perhaps an official statement would help clear this up…
“I believe we should work to end all racism in American society and staunchly defend the inherent rights of every person. I have clearly stated in prior interviews that I abhor racial discrimination and would have worked to end segregation… I unequivocally state that I will not support any efforts to repeal the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”
“Let me be clear: I support the Civil Rights Act because I overwhelmingly agree with the intent of the legislation, which was to stop discrimination in the public sphere and halt the abhorrent practice of segregation and Jim Crow laws.”
“As I have said in previous statements, sections of the Civil Rights Act were debated on Constitutional grounds when the legislation was passed. Those issues have been settled by federal courts in the intervening years.”
“This much is clear: The federal government has far overreached in its power grabs. Just look at the recent national healthcare schemes, which my opponent supports. The federal government, for the first time ever, is mandating that individuals purchase a product. The federal government is out of control, and those who love liberty and value individual and state’s rights must stand up to it.”
Okay, so: Rand Paul won’t support repeal of the Civil Rights Act, which is not the same as saying he would have actually voted for it. His support for it is limited to “stop[ping] discrimination in the public sphere,” so he still thinks it’s wrong to tell private businesses they can’t discriminate. He points out that there was debate over whether the Act was even constitutional. And then he finishes up by invoking the specter of overreachy government “power grabs.”
On the other hand, Paul does insist that he wants to work to end racism… just so long as the government doesn’t have anything to do with it. Of course, his anti-racist fervor would probably be a lot more believable if he hadn’t hired a full-blown, balls-outracist asshole to be his campaign spokesman. Paul fired him immediately after he was outed, but I’m kind of amazed that a guy that racist could have kept it under wraps so successfully that his boss never noticed until he got his nose rubbed in it.
Acknowledging that Arizona has developed a serious image problem because of its tough new immigration law, Gov. Jan Brewer and tourism-industry leaders said Thursday that they will launch a new effort to stanch the flow of lost trade and convention business in the state.
The legislation and firestorm of negative publicity that followed brought calls for boycotts, moved groups to back out of local conventions and led several cities to cut business ties with Arizona companies.
“It’s up to us to get the truth out there. This is impacting Arizona’s face to the nation,” said Brewer, who blamed the controversy on misconceptions about the law.
Officials were just starting to see signs of life when the backlash over the new immigration law began, said Debbie Johnson, CEO of the Arizona Tourism Alliance and the Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association.
To date, dozens of cities and groups have announced boycotts. Arizona has lost at least 30 to 40 meetings and conventions, she said.
“We were surprised by (the boycotts),” Johnson said. “We didn’t think it was going to be a tourism issue. This is a political issue.”
Of course, no one could have anticipated. They couldn’t even imagine that anyone might find the show-me-your-papers law offensive. But I think this is my favorite part right here:
“The end goal is to reassert that we are a safe, inviting, diverse and culturally aware community,” said Steve Moore, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Really? A diverse and culturally aware community that harasses Latinos and demands to see their papers? That has banned ethnic studies and won’t even allow anyone with an accent to teach English? I can’t think of any other state whose government has actively embraced racism and xenophobia like Arizona’s has. They’re like that creepy uncle who uses the N-word all the time and can’t understand why no one invites him to dinner any more.
I think I would pretty much have to go with Arizona right now. I can’t think of any other state which is institutionalizing racism and xenophobia quite so gleefully. First the show-me-your-papers law, and now this:
The governor, Jan Brewer, has signed into law a bill that was passed because the state superintendent of public instruction, Tom Horne, who happens to be running for attorney general, dislikes a Mexican-American studies program in Tucson Unified School District that allows students to learn in history and literature courses about how particular ethnic groups influenced history, the Associated Press reported.
* Promote the overthrow of the United States government.
* Promote resentment toward a race or class of people.
* Are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group.
* Advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.
The first two points are ringers, of course, for Horne’s real problem: According to the Associated Press, Horne has wanted to limit the program since he learned several years ago that Hispanic civil right activist Dolores Herta told Tucson high school students that “Republicans hate Latinos.”
The governor signed the bill just after six United Nations human rights experts released a statement saying they had concerns about the measure and noted that all people have a right to learn about their own cultural and linguistic heritage.
Yes, I know there are good people in Arizona, but the ones who are calling the shots there are mean, bigoted monsters.
At a Tea Party rally in Ramona, Calif., on Saturday, Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter told the conservative crowd that he supports the deportation of children of illegal immigrants – even if they were born in the United States.
“Between $10 [billion] and $20 billion in this state that we spend on immigration – that’s health services, that’s education and jails. We just can’t afford it anymore,” he told the crowd, according to the Los Angeles Times. “We’re not being mean. We’re just saying it takes more than just walking across the border to become an American citizen.
“It’s what’s in our souls.”
Conservative lawmakers in Oklahoma, buoyed by the passage of SB 1070, say they will introduce a similar bill in their state. In fact, Republican state Rep. Randy Terrill told The Associated Press that Oklahoma may even take Arizona’s example further and include assets seizure provisions and harsher penalties for illegal immigrants.
I especially love that Duncan Hunter quote about how it’s what’s in our souls that makes us Americans. I guess that means Latinos just aren’t racist and hateful enough to be real Americans. What a shame.
Man, the Republicans really want to make sure that no Latino ever votes for them again until the end of time, don’t they? They pass the racial-profiling/show-me-your-papers law in Arizona, and they’re trying to pass it in Texas and Missouri, so it’s not like the GOP can claim that AZ is just one bad apple. And then you’ve got this winner who wants all driving tests to be in English only, and Lindsey Graham throwing a tantrum and threatening to sabotage a bill with his own name on it if the Senate considers immigration reform.
Considering how large and fast-growing segment of the population Latinos are, this seems like a recipe for electoral suicide, unless the GOP has a plan to keep Latinos from voting. Oh. Right. Nevermind.
[Tea Partier] Paul Butterfield, 48, an engineer from Ontario, N.Y., said: “We’ve achieved equal rights for blacks, equal rights for women, equal rights for gays. But creating a welfare state is a step backward.”
We have? That’s so awesome!
Minorities and women may have perhaps attained something close to equal rights… but only on paper, not in the real world. And gays haven’t even come close to paper equality yet, much less the real thing.
You know, as incompetent and ridiculous as Michael Steele is, I really don’t think it’s his fault that the GOP is still failing miserably at appealing to minority voters. Installing a black guy at the head of your party’s political arm just isn’t enough to overcome openly racist teabaggers, implacable hostility to immigrants, and a continuing embrace of the Confederacy and the Southern Strategy.
It’s not the chairman of the GOP that’s the problem – it’s the GOP itself.
Last week, retired Bishop Giacomo Babini of the Italian town of Grosseto told the Catholic Pontifex website that the Catholic pedophile scandal is being orchestrated by the “eternal enemies of Catholicism, namely the freemasons and the Jews, whose mutual entanglements are not always easy to see through… I think that it is primarily a Zionist attack, in view of its power and refinement. They do not want the church, they are its natural enemies. Deep down, historically speaking, the Jews are God-killers.”
You might think that the 81-year-old Babini had already said more than enough for one day, but once some people “pop,” they just can’t stop. “The Holocaust was a shame for all of humanity,” the good bishop told the world, “but now we have to look at it without rhetoric and with open eyes. Don’t believe that Hitler was merely crazy. The truth is that the Nazis’ criminal fury was provoked by the Jews’ economic embezzlement, by which they choked the German economy.” He concluded that the Jews’ “guilt is graver than what Christ predicted would happen to them, saying ‘do not cry for me, but for your own children.’”
This latest scapegoating attempt came out not only in the days around Holocaust Remembrance Day but also on the heels of the latest alarmist report by Tel Aviv University announcing a drastic increase in anti-Semitic activity around the globe, and with historian Robert Wistrich saying that “We are in an era once again where the Jews are facing genocidal threats as a people.”
Ah yes, of course. Obviously the Jews used the same mind-control rays that we used to take over Hollywood and the world banking system to force those poor Catholic priests to molest children against their will, and then force their bishops and cardinals to cover it up! It’s all so obvious now!
For a religion that emphasizes confession, the Catholic Church sure is doing an awful lot of finger-pointing.
An African-American Virginia lawmaker said Wednesday that he is not yet ready to accept an apology from Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, suggesting McDonnell’s misstep regarding Virginia’s confederate history is part of a pattern which calls the governor’s sincerity into question.
The Republican governor apologized earlier Wednesday after coming under criticism for issuing a proclamation that declared April to be Confederate History Month in the state but which made no mention of slavery.
“The failure to include any reference to slavery was a mistake, and for that I apologize to any fellow Virginian who has been offended or disappointed,” McDonnell said in a statement. The governor also announced that his proclamation would be amended to mention slavery and call it “an evil and inhumane practice.”
So the Confederacy fought a civil war to protect its right to “an evil and inhumane practice,” but it was still awesome enough to deserve its own “History Month”. Kinda like how the Third Reich was awesome except for that whole Holocaust thing which we almost completely forgot about, but hey, let’s not dwell on negatives.
Outside, the [anti-health care reform] demonstrators… arranged themselves on the lawn to spell the word “NO.”
By the time Minority Leader John Boehner took the floor at about 10 pm, the mood on the floor was barely distinguishable from the mood on the lawn outside. “Shame on each and every one of you,” the Republican leader yelled at the Democrats, as the GOP lawmakers gave him a standing ovation. Boehner said the Democrats were a “disgrace” to Jeffersonian values.
“Hell, no, you can’t!” Boehner shouted at the Democrats.
“No, you can’t! No, you can’t!” echoed the protesters outside.
“No, you can’t!” Very catchy, very positive and uplifting, much like “I hope he fails.” How can the American people not vote for that kind of exciting vision for the future? It truly evokes the nihilism at the core of the Republican Party: When they’re the opposition party, they obstruct everything and everyone, and when they’re the ruling party they dedicate themselves to destroying the Constitution and the government’s capacity to do good (i.e., regulation, oversight, infrastructure, social programs, etc.).