Racism: It’s Awesome If You’re A Republican!



Watch this scene at a “town hall” meeting for Sen Claire McCaskill (D-MO): An African-American woman rolls out a sign depicting Rosa Parks to speak her views on the health care debate.

A white guy (assumed a Republican) reaches over, grabs her sign and rips it up – destroying her voice and her imagry.

FruitFly 6Police arrive and grab the woman and escorts her out of the auditorium (!?!?!), while all of the white folks (again – presumably Republican folks) cheer and holler at the scene (again: ?!??!).

It’s disgusting. Watch the police later in the video, giggle about how they shouldn’t be harassing only black folks…

Rush Compares Sotomayor to Housekeepers With Vaccuum Cleaners

Nothing like heaping a scoop of sexism on top of a large dollop of racism.  I’m guessing all those Cuban-American Republicans in Florida are loving all this racist stereotyping trash coming out of the GOP’s mouth.  One can play the wild-card on the general Hispanic/ Latino voter in this country as voting either way – Democratic or Republican.  But with this kind of gunk painting Sotomayor as a racist, as a sexist, and trash-talking with Ricky Ricardo impersonations, the Hispanic/Latino vote is pretty-much a solid win for the Dems.

h/t The Political Carnival

Is the GOP becoming the American Taliban?! Let’s ask GOP Voters!

On July 26th, just weeks before the DNC would meet in Denver, Jim Adkisson of Knoxville, TN walk into the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Chuch, pulled out a shotgun from a guitar case and opened fire on the congregation while the children were performing “Annie” on the stage. Admittedly, the man was poor – about to lose his food stamps, but he was a hard-nose Repbulican . While firing off his shotgun killing two members of the congregation and injuring a half-dozen others, he vented his hatred towards “liberals” and “the gays”.

A four-page letter found in Jim D. Adkisson’s small SUV indicated he intentionally targeted the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church because, the police chief said, “he hated the liberal movement” and was upset with “liberals in general as well as gays.”

Following the attack, the police slipped to the media a letter written by Adkisson who…:

indicated … that he expected to be in there (the church) shooting people until the police arrived and that he fully expected to be killed by the responding police,” Owen said. “He certainly intended to take a lot of casualties.”

In other words: Adkisson was hoping to be a martyr for the Republican Party. (A photo blog of the incident, including those who were murdered can be seen here. It’s tragic and horrifying — but only if you insist…)

The following day, the police searched Adkisson’s home only to find the latest copies of Republican pundits, all of whom call for the killing of liberals and gays.

Inside the house, officers found ‘Liberalism is a Mental Health Disorder’ by radio talk show host Michael Savage, ‘Let Freedom Ring’ by talk show host Sean Hannity, and ‘The O’Reilly Factor,’ by television talk show host Bill O’Reilly.”

Two weeks after the Tennessee shooting, a man walked into the Arkansas DNC Party’s state headquarters in Little Rock and fired three shots killing Arkansas DNC Chair Bill Gwatney. Gwatney died at the ripe old age of 48. Unlike Adkisson, the gunman did not survive — the police simply thinned him from the herd.

Since the November elections, terrorism and terroristic plots have come to an all time high. In Tennessee, police arrested two Republicans plotting to kill school children, as well as President-elect Barack Obama.

While the allegations of the plot might seem too weird and half-crazed to ever succeed, these two gun-toting men wanted to shoot and decapitate fellow Americans, even children, expecting to die in the process of an act that qualifies as terrorism.

These stories from Republicans aren’t new. In October 2006, popular talk show host Melanie Morgan who’s a regular on Fox News and MSNBC complained about the New York Times Editor in Chief, Bill Keller by saying:

“If he were to be tried and convicted of treason, yes, I would have no problem with him being sent to the gas chamber,” Morgan told the San Francisco Chronicle.

The right-wing pundit Ann Coulter, never to be outdone, opined in her syndicated column, “I prefer a firing squad, but I’m open to a debate on the method of execution.”

But since the elections, local small towns have seen a much larger rise in these kinds of activities.

Away from the spotlight, many local newspapers around the country have covered recent incidents of racially motivated reactions to last week’s election, from flags hung upside-down to the dangling of nooses and cross burnings. As we noted last week, a couple in northern New Jersey who had an Obama sign on their front lawn woke up to find the charred remains of a cross. Local residents today announced a “unity march” to protest the still-unsolved incident.

A bullet-by-bullet (if you’d pardon the horrible pun) lists a handful of these activities.

The Associated Press revealed today, “Police on eastern Long Island are investigating reports that more than a dozen cars were spray painted with racist graffiti, reportedly including a message targeting President-elect Barack Obama. The graffiti included racist slurs and sexually graphic references. At least one resident in the quiet Mastic neighborhood told Newsday her son’s car was scribbled with a message threatening to kill Obama.”

Parents in Rexburg, Idaho, contacted school officials this week after they learned that 2nd and 3rd graders on a school bus were chanting, “Assasssinate Obama!”

Employees at Hampel’s Key and Lockshop in Traverse City, Michigan, flew an American flag upside down last Wednesday protesting of the new president-elect, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported. One worker used a racial slur during an interview with the Record-Eagle: “(The inverted flag is) an international signal for distress and we feel our country is in distress because the n—– got in,” said Hampel’s employee Rod Nyland, who later apologized for the comment, according to the Record-Eagle.

Also in Michigan, in Midland, a man dressed in full Ku Klux Klan regalia walked around toting a handgun and waving an American flag. Initially denying it, the man eventually admitted to police that the display was a reaction to the Obama victory. “[The man] had a concealed weapon permit and was walking up and down the sidewalk in front of a vehicle dealership while some motorists shouted obscenities at him and others shouted accolades,” police told The Saginaw News.

One North Carolina man who flew his flag upside-down claimed that voters were racist, electing Obama because of his skin color, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. “The flag is stretched upside-down between two poles in a field, with a black X running from end to end. The X is a reference to the Confederate flag, said flag-owner Tony Heath. It reflects his belief that the Confederate flag has been unfairly targeted for protest by people trying to be politically correct,” the Journal reported.

In Pennsylvania, an interracial couple in Apolacon Township discovered the remains of a burned cross in their front yard. “The couple discovered the remnants of the cross about 8:15 a.m. Wednesday (Nov. 5) when a man knocked at their door. Johnson looked out the front window and noticed charring on the utility pole, then discovered two charred 1-by-3-inch planks, each about 4 feet in length, beneath it,” according to the Star-Gazette. The woman, who is Jewish, lives with her husband, who is black. “The Little Meadows area was the site of KKK rallies several decades ago, and a local woman who worked on Obama’s campaign said Wednesday she heard tales of racist remarks directed at supporters,” the story concludes.

Just today, two men were arrested there: 19-year-old Forrest Ashcraft and 22-yearold Stephen Barret of Friendsville. They’re charged with ethnic intimidation and trespassing.

Authorities in Temecula, Calif., found spray-painted graffiti on a city sidewalk containing a swastika and anti-Obama slogan.

From today’s Los Angeles Times: “Vandals spray-painted swastikas and racial slurs on a house and several cars in Torrance that displayed campaign signs or bumper stickers for President-elect Barack Obama, authorities said Tuesday. The incidents occurred Saturday night in the Hollywood Riviera section of the city, said Sgt. Bernard Anderson. Four separate incidents were reported the next day, he said. No arrests have been made.

“At one house, the phrase ‘Go Back to Africa’ was spray-painted across the wall, in addition to a racial epithet on the garage door, Anderson said. Several parked vehicles on the streets were spray-painted with racial slurs, he said.”

Today, the NAACP called on North Carolina State University to expel four students who spray painted racist messages about Obama. Two of the messages said: “Let’s shoot that (N-word) in the head” and “Hang Obama by a noose.”

Students at Baylor University woke up on Election Day to a rope tied like a noose hanging from a tree outside of Morrison Hall, according to college newspaper The Lariat: “Later, verbal altercations occurred outside of Penland Residence Hall. A group of Obama supporters were walking around shouting ‘Obama’ and then passed a group of white men outside who made threatening and racist remarks, said Emmanuel Orupabo, Arlington senior,” according to the Lariat.

Another post-election noose incident happened in Maine. “More than 75 people rallied Sunday against an incident last week in which black figures were hanged by nooses from trees on Mount Desert Island the day after Barack Obama won the presidential election,” according to the Bangor Daily News. At a high school in Gray, a student was suspended after standing up in class, making a racist comment, and saying Obama should not be president, the News reported. Later that day, graffiti making a similar statement was found in a boys’ restroom.

Republican leadership has done nothing to address this. GOP Leadership is far too busy scratching their heads in Miami trying to find a way to save their party.

Put simply: They’re ignoring all of it.

During the McCain/Palin campaign, both candidates ignored people in the audience who cheered “Kill Him!!” and “Terrorist” when Barack Obama’s name was mentioned.

In Lakeville, MN – McCain stopped one audience member’s fear of Barack Obama and went on to defend his colleague from the United States Senate. McCain’s own audience responded and booed McCain.

Just two days ago (11/10/08), the Secret Service confronted Mr. and Mrs. Obam and explained:

The Secret Service warned the Obama family in mid October that they had seen a dramatic increase in the number of threats against the Democratic candidate, coinciding with Mrs Palin’s attacks.

Michelle Obama, the future First Lady, was so upset that she turned to her friend and campaign adviser Valerie Jarrett and said: “Why would they try to make people hate us?”

The revelations, contained in a Newsweek history of the campaign, are likely to further damage Mrs Palin’s credentials as a future presidential candidate. She is already a frontrunner, with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, to take on Mr Obama in four years time.

Details of the spike in threats to Mr Obama come as a report last week by security and intelligence analysts Stratfor, warned that he is a high risk target for racist gunmen. It concluded: “Two plots to assassinate Obama were broken up during the campaign season, and several more remain under investigation. We would expect federal authorities to uncover many more plots to attack the president that have been hatched by white supremacist ideologues.”

The United States Secret Service fingers Sarah Palin for this increased threat, and yet – the former Vice Presidential candidate has not yet been arrested for coercion. Of course she wouldn’t be arrested. But at a minimum, she could go public and call for an end of the rancor she’s caused!

She won’t. McCain won’t. Nobody in the Republican party will. And with gun sales at an all time high right now, we need to hold the Republican Party responsible for every hair on the heads of every member of the Obama family.

Do I think the average Republican voter has gone rogue…plotting terroristic vendettas against President-elect and Mrs. Obama? That would make me guilty of stereotyping – painting a broad brushstroke to explain a narrowly diverse group of my own fellow Americans. But I am deeply concerned by the frenzy that’s boiling up that’s spotting across the country.

Fox News is no help. Like a bellows in a blacksmith’s shop, Fox News seems to be fanning huge amounts of oxygen across the flames already far too hot to contain. And yet, the Republican Party does nothing.

On October 11th, the Huffington Post reported that Congressman John Lewis, a man who (miraculously) survived the Civil Rights movement of the early sixties, complained about the McCain/Palin campaign:

“As one who was a victim of violence and hate during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, I am deeply disturbed by the negative tone of the McCain-Palin campaign,” Lewis said in a statement. “Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse.”

Lewis said:

“George Wallace never threw a bomb. He never fired a gun, but he created the climate and the conditions that encouraged vicious attacks against innocent Americans who were simply trying to exercise their constitutional rights.”

McCain did nothing. Neither did Palin. Instead of seeing the wisdom (and the horrifying experiences) of Congressman Lewis’ words, McCain simply trotted off and demanded Barack Obama repudiate Congressman Lewis’ remarks.

McCain and Palin both, need to stop this now.

But they won’t. <– Hello! Is anybody listening?!

Hello!! _ _ _ + + + _ _ _

Is there anybody out there?

Five Pfleger Points

Fake headlines from around the country:

Pastor in Houma, LA, smears Clinton about racism; Obama is expected to apologize again.

Fr. Jones, Bemidji, MN: “Hillary must leave now”; Wolfson demands Obama apologize for cruel slurs.

Rabbi Cohen, Cleveland, MS: “Clinton has lied for the last time”; Clinton supporters get the vapors – demands an Obama Apology

Have I got your attention? Good!

Point #1: Expecting Obama to come to Hillary Clinton’s rescue with an apology every time some asshole says something bad about her is ridiculous; to say the least. Father Pfleger’s outburst is what it is, nothing more. Hillary Clinton got slapped by a Catholic priest and so she and all of her supporters once again beat their war drums enjoying their time watching Obama come back with his hat in his hands and offering an apology. Odd, don’t you think; his apology is never enough? Never! Hillary supporters gleefully wallowing in the apology, criticizing him because

  1. it wasn’t sincere enough,
  2. didn’t seem to include the correct wording that they were expecting demanding, or
  3. it wasn’t fast enough (because when Hillary fans get pissed off, you’d better be “front and center” within seconds dammit!!)

Obama could come crawling, bare-chested over a bed of razor-blades, and then over a bed of hot coals, get salt water thrown on him and offer his most sincere and deepest apology – and Hillary and her supporters would cheer in delight and then kick him in the crotch and tell him that it still wasn’t good enough.

Why?

Because it will never be good enough. It’s their chance to bask in the sun demanding that everybody recognize their hatred for

  • Obama
  • his supporters, and
  • the party.

It isn’t about the Democratic Party: It’s about them and they’ll do anything to make sure they keep it that way.

Could someone please spell it out for me: “Why is Obama expected to apologize for every Tom, Dick and Harry who says something bad about Hillary anyway?” But he is!

So let’s all watch for our fake “Fr. Jones” and “Rabbi Cohen” to show up and we’ll all be back here, watching Hillary Fans be all pissed off again. Hillary herself will be back demanding yet another apology from Obama.

…And everybody else? We’ll be shaking our heads in embarrassment.

Point #2: Fr Pfleger is just another Bible-thumper who’s found an audience by Hillary bashing. He’ll be on the television circuit, making tons of money, and he’ll probably be out with a freaking book before the elections in November. And why not? He’s selling copy!

I looked forward to Kitty Kelley’s unauthorized biography on Nancy Reagan I read it, I was more than disappointed. But, she made a few cool million off that piece of trash. And as long as that Liberal Main Stream Media keeps hyperventilating this stuff, Fr Pfleger would be wise to cash in on it too!

Pfleger has found, or will be soon finding out, that slamming Hillary attracts attention. And when you can attract attention by being so over-the-top, there’s opportunity to make money out of the dramatic moment.

You think you’re pissed off about Pfleger’s comment now? You just buckle-up, Baby…There’s a lot more of them that’ll be looking to..$$ cash-in.

Write your own book slamming Hillary. If your manuscript is good enough, you’ll make the $$ too!

Point #3: Hillary Supporters have patronized the Obama Supporters every time Senator Clinton kicked him in the teeth since February. “Oh, Boo-Hoo…If he can’t take the heat from Hillary, how’s he going to take the heat from the GOP?!” Or we heard them say; “Oh well! It just goes to show you that Obama doesn’t have the meddle to be President!”

And the subject has just been turned on its head with Fr Pfleger’s sermon last week.

What does Hillary care what some crack-pot priest on Chicago have to say?

Why, Hillary has started out in this race to play fierce and hard; what’s gone wrong? What’s changed?

I thought she was supposed running for the office of Commander in Chief?! What the hell?

Some priest out of Chicago get a little lippy and she’s pissed off?! Christ Almighty: What’s up next with Hillary? Is she going to go on a tare and throw every religious leader in jail for speaking ill of “The Goddess”?!?!

Are we all given a gag-order? Or is the gag-order only applicable to the Clergy?

I’ve been on the record to publicly say; “I love Hillary. I don’t love another eight four years of Clinton v. GOP wars.” And Pfleger’s comments, and the well fanned flames within the “Liberal” Mainstream Media only explains what I’m talking about.

Four years of this noise?!?!?

Forget it!

Point #4: I’m going to repeat the first paragraph of Spin #3 and you’ll see why:

Hillary Supporters have patronized the Obama Supporters every time Senator Clinton kicked him in the teeth since February. “Oh, Boo-Hoo…If he can’t take the heat from Hillary, how’s he going to take the heat from the GOP?!” Or we heard them say; “Oh well! It just goes to show you that Obama doesn’t have the meddle to be President!”

So now Hillary and her own Faithful Flock have gotten a taste of their own medicine… Well, that’s a shame, don’t you think?

With the feces she’s thrown at Obama, could she be so naive to forget: “What comes around, goes around”?

What needs to happen for Hillary and her Faithful Flock wake-up and smell the coffee? The majority of the Democrats in this country has spoken: “We want Obama!”

  • He’s won more Super D’s.
  • He’s won more states.
  • He’s won more committed delegates!

And yet, Hillary and her Fans, continue this level of arrogance by continuing to re-write the metric. “The issue in Florida is like the voting in Zimbabwe!” and other such lunatic bullshit comes out of Team Hillary. All the while she’s spewing such lunacy, her followers sit back and demand, with an iron-fist, that we allow them to continue playing in our sandbox. We continue to let them drain valued donated money and time against McBush.

But as I’ve already said earlier: This isn’t about Presidential campaigns, it’s about them. Who gives a shit what the majority in the party wants? It won’t go away, will it?

It slogs on and on and on….

Only now, those from deep within the Obama Camp are starting to shout out. They’re starting to yell back at the minority within the camp. There are those who are frustrated with this game and they’re starting to kick back.

…But it doesn’t go away. It slogs on.

Like the buzzing sounds of the extremely annoying mosquitoes, Hillary Fans whine because Hillary’s caught a proverbial black-eye from “someone in the audience”. Big deal. Buck up.

To use a masculine term: “Grow a pair!!!”

Expect to hear more, the longer she continues this race.

Point #5 Father Pfleger’s message, his sermon, was about “Entitlements”. If anybody bothered to go beyond that 30-second sound-bit that “Libral” Mainstream Media keeps playing over and over again, you’d see the wider context of what he was preaching about. And, he was preaching on the horrors that white people have done to people of color. His point rings of a European-American history related not only the horrors of slavery, but that would include the Spaniards’ actions to the Aztecs, the Caribbean natives who are now extinct, as well as the North and South American native peoples.

Fr Pfleger was noting that in today’s world; white people, generally, sit back and they expect entitlements bestowed upon them while everybody else who lives in this hemisphere have suffered at the hands of those European ancestors. …And, by in large, he’s pretty well nailed it! For the life of me, I can not find a printed copy of his sermon. However, I found a 7-odd minute on YouTube of the sermon that will bring a little bit more clarity to the context of his sermon:

… While he’s in front of Rev Jeremiah Wright’s church, Senator Barack Obama’s church, he’s chosen to take a swipe at Hillary Clinton and her own sense of entitlement. He’s chose her to make his point valid. That’s all! But, I’ll happily point back at Father Pfleger and note that the Catholic Church has been guilty of the more heinous crimes against all humanity. What the Catholic Church has done to gays and lesbians, women, minorities, the mentally ill, from dyslexia to epilepsy, those born disfigured and to those who dared to worship God differently, Father Pfleger has very little room to bitch on this topic.

Hell, during the Witchcraft Trials, a mole on the skin was considered where “the Devil kissed you” and you could be put to death. And while Fr Pfleger may make an interesting point, as a European-American himself, he paints himself as a wee-bit of a hypocrite on the subject.

In fact; the very words “fag” and “faggot” as related to gay men, are words coined directly from the very same Catholic Church Fr Pfleger represents.

Why he’s bitching about white people, I don’t know.

Nor do I know, nor care, why Hillary Fans are so pissed off.

To use a sexist term: “If she can’t take the heat, then get the hell out of the kitchen.”

Who’s the next “Fr Jones” that’s going to be smearing Hillary? Will there ever be a Rabbi Cohen or another Fr Jones out there smearing Hillary Clinton because of some new issue!?

Perhaps the bigger question should be; Why should we care?!