Daily Archives: July 20, 2010

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Sessions: “Progessive” is baaaaad! 

Jeff Sessions, Elena Kagan

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Elena Kagan is grilled by asswipe Sen. Jeff Sessions, shown in a video monitor during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings late last month in Washington.

I fucking hate Repugnican U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama. He and his ilk can’t die fast enough, as far as I’m concerned.

I haven’t been paying much attention to the news that Elena Kagan, the milquetoast Obama administration’s centrist, play-it-safe, probably-closeted-lesbian candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court, is skating toward confirmation, but this quotation from Sessions stating why he opposes Kagan did catch my eye:

“She has deeply held liberal, progressive views.”

Uh, Webster’s defines “progressive” as “favoring or promoting progress,” “moving forward,” “proceeding onward,” “advancing,” “improving.”

The Repugnicans and the other wingnuts are against these things.

The opposite of being progressive is being regressive, which Webster’s defines as “opposing progress,” “returning to a former less advanced state,” “retrogressive,” “being retrogressive, reactionary, unprogressive or reactive,” “being backward.”

Thanks, Jeffy, for telling all of us so plainly what you and your party and your supporters are all about. Rarely do we get such unvarnished truth from the likes of you.

Free advertising for the ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union is in the news today.

The ACLU won 18-year-old lesbian Constance McMillen of Podunk, Mississippi, a settlement of $35,00o for wrongful discrimination from her backasswards high-school district, which canceled her high school’s prom rather than allowing her to attend with her girlfriend.

Constance McMillen

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Constance, pictured above in March, said she’ll use the money for her college education, and she said of her victory, “I knew it was a good cause, but sometimes it really got to me. I knew it would change things for others in the future and I kept going and I kept pushing.”

To put one’s comfort on the back burner for the betterment of others is a rare, brave, admirable thing to do. Constance is a hero to me.

But probably not to this guy:

Byron Willimas

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The Associated Press reports that this guy, 45-year-old Byron Williams, was on his way to shoot up an ACLU office and the office of another progressive organization in San Francisco when instead he was stopped by the California Highway Patrol and ended up in a shootout with CHP officers.

Reports the AP:

Williams was wearing a bulletproof vest and armed with three guns, including a rifle, as he traveled to San Francisco late Saturday night in his mother’s Toyota Tundra, police said. He is accused of opening fire on [CHP] officers who approached his truck after pulling him over for speeding and weaving in traffic.

The AP notes that Williams, who previously was convicted twice of bank robbery, might face life in prison under California’s “three strikes” law if he is convicted of his latest alleged crime. The AP also notes:

During a police interview at the hospital, Williams said he had planned to camp out in San Francisco on Sunday night then begin his attack when the ACLU and Tides Foundation opened Monday…

Williams also told investigators he was upset because he had not been able to find a job and because of the poor economy…

Williams’ mother, Janice Williams, told the San Francisco Chronicle her son had been angry with “the way Congress was railroading through all these left-wing agenda items.”

Gee, ya think that Williams is a “tea-partying” Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin-Quayle lover? Ya think?

I mean, surely the best solution to joblessness and the shitty economy — and the fact that “Congress [is] railroading through all these left-wing agenda items” — is to go shoot up an ACLU office!

Still, though, Byron’s actually a hottie, although I don’t know when that mug shot of him was taken (he looks significantly younger than 45 in the mug shot).

If hot wingnuts ever want to come after me, I don’t know that I would be so opposed to that… Just as long as they speak softly and carry a big, big stick… And hell, they don’t even have to speak softly…

Except if they still live with their mothers, though, as seems to be the case with Byron… That might be a deal-breaker

Stone is gaga for Hugo

Filmmaker Oliver Stone, promoting his new documentary about the democratic socialist revolution in Latin America, “South of the Border,” says that oil and other natural resources “belong to the people” and should be nationalized.

I agree with him wholeheartedly.

To assert that anyone “owns” and should thus profit from such natural resources as oil or minerals or water or even seeds for crops — or should profit from such basic human needs as health care or education — is fucking insane.

“We shouldn’t make this kind of profit on oil or on health [care] or on war or on prisons. All these industries should be public industries,” Stone asserts.

I’ll add education to that list. Our students have been thrown to the student-loan sharks and to the rectal rapists of the textbook industry when they should be receiving a free or nearly free college education if they’ve done well academically.

Students shouldn’t have to rely on winning lawsuits for wrongful discrimination at the hands of their wingnutty high school administrators to finance their college education.

Anyway, I can’t wait to see “South of the Border,” starring my favorite political leader on the planet, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, of whose leadership Stone says: “You hear all the criticism, all the exceptions to the rule, but generally speaking the economy has surged in Venezuela from 2003 to 2008…. This is a story that people don’t know.”

Maybe I’ll send Byron Williams a DVD of “South of the Border” when he’s in prison for life. Maybe then he’ll finally understand that corporatocrat-ass-kisser President Barack Obama (whom Stone correctly called “Bush Not-So-Lite”) is hardly a “socialist.”

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White supremacist wingnuts say: Let’s lynch them racist niggers!

Shirley Sherrod is the latest champion of civil rights whom the cowardly Obama administration has thrown under the bus because Barack Obama apparently would rather betray his supporters than to defend them from the white supremacists who want to drag the United States of America  backasswards with them. (Photo from http://aglawllm.blogspot.com/)

Make no mistake about it; we have plenty of big problems to worry about: Climate change. A ruptured oil well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico that may or may not be securely capped. A bunch of mysteriously dead penguins.

Instead of solving any of these problems, however, the right wing still wants a do-over of the Civil Rights Era.

Nineteen people were arrested in North Carolina today in a scuffle with police at a school board meeting over the board’s alleged intention to bring back the days of segregation in busing.

There is the ongoing Great White Freakout in Arizona, of course, and the “tea-party” dipshits are calling the NAACP and pretty much all black Americans “racist” for not just loving to death the race that formerly enslaved them and kept them down for generations, and still keeps them down.

Whenever the wingnuts can get a “racist” black on tape, they have multiple orgasms.

The Obama administration threw yet another champion for civil rights under the bus today after she was videorecorded at an NAACP banquet in Georgia admitting that she once discriminated against a white man but then realized that that was the wrong thing to do.

That’s my understanding of what happened with former U.S. Department of Agriculture employee Shirley Sherrod.

Reports The Associated Press today:

The current controversy began [yesterday] when [wingnut website] biggovernment.com posted a two-minute, 38-second video clip in which Sherrod describes the first time a white farmer came to her for help.

It was 1986, and she worked for a nonprofit rural farm aid group. She said the farmer came in acting “superior” to her and that she debated how much help to give him.

“I was struggling with the fact that so many black people had lost their farmland, and here I was faced with helping a white person save their land,” Sherrod said.

Initially, she said, “I didn’t give him the full force of what I could do” and only gave him enough help to keep his case progressing. Eventually, she said, his situation “opened my eyes” that whites were struggling just like blacks, and helping farmers wasn’t so much about race but was “about the poor versus those who have.”

Sherrod said [today] the incomplete video appears to intentionally twist her message. She says she became close friends with the farmer and helped him for two years.

The wingnuts squawked “racism!” and the uber-pussified Obama administration just handed over to the pointy-hood-wearing wingnuts the black woman whom they demanded for their next lynching — even though the incident Sherrod described happened more than two decades ago, even though she wasn’t a federal employee at the time, and even though she plainly stated that it was wrong of her to initially discriminate against the white man.

Sherrod’s initial reaction to the white farmer’s plight all of those years ago is understandable. Given their historical oppression and given the gross power imbalances based upon race that exist to this day, blacks in the United States of America have a lot more reason to hate whites than vice-versa.

As a white male, I don’t want any blacks hating me, but can I say that I just can’t understand it at all if some of them do?

Fuck no.

I would hope that a black person wouldn’t judge me by my race, but by the content of my character, but the fact of the fucking matter is that my race enslaved them, and not vice-versa.

So for the wingnuts to claim that black-on-white hatred is just as bad as white-on-black hatred is pure, unadulterated bullshit.

And again, Sherrod told her story at the NAACP banquet not to say that blacks should hate whites, but to relate that she once had judged another person at least in part because of his race — and that she realized that she was wrong and she therefore reversed course.

Didn’t Jesus Christ, whom the wingnuts claim to follow, teach forgiveness?

Even the white farmer’s wife says that Sherrod should not have been canned by the Obama administration. Reports the AP:

“We probably wouldn’t have (our farm) today if it hadn’t been for her leading us in the right direction,” said Eloise Spooner, the wife of farmer Roger Spooner of Iron City, Ga. “I wish she could get her job back because she was good to us, I tell you.”

Whose word are we going to take? That of the wingnutty white supremacists or that of the man’s wife?

The balls-less Obama administration needs to stop knee-jerkedly throwing good people under the bus for political expediency. Because he will not stand up against the white supremacists, I, for one, plan not to cast my vote for Barack Obama should he run for re-election in 2012, and I regret my vote for him in 2008.

Licking the neo-Nazi asses of white supremacists is not what the Democratic Party is supposed to be about.

And we, the people, need to stand up to the white supremacists who are calling non-whites “racist” for standing up for their rights.

If the neo-Nazis who call themselves “Americans” truly want another Civil War, I say — as I have said many times before — we real Americans should give it to them.

P.S. MSNBC reports today that the president of the NAACP also has called for Sherrod to be reinstated. Reports MSNBC reports:

NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous said in a statement that the group was “snookered” into believing that USDA employee Shirley Sherrod expressed racist sentiments at a local NAACP meeting in Georgia earlier this year.

Jealous said conservative activist Andrew Breitbart, whose website posted video of Sherrod’s remarks, deceived millions of people by releasing only partial clips. He said the full video makes clear that Sherrod was telling a story of racial unity.

“The tape of Ms. Sherrod’s speech at an NAACP banquet was deliberately edited to create a false impression of racial bias, and to create a controversy where none existed,” Jealous said [today]. “This just shows the lengths to which extremist elements will go to discredit legitimate opposition.”

The Obama administration said it was standing by its decision to oust Sherrod, despite evidence that her remarks were misconstrued and calls for the USDA to reconsider.

Again, I’m not voting for Barack Obama again.

All of that “hope” and “change”?

To borrow from Benjamin Jealous, we were fucking snookered.

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