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‘Conservative media’ is bullshit

I hope to make this my last word on the Shirley Sherrod debacle for a while. (But I’m not holding my breath.)

Before I retire to bed I just want to note that the headline “Sherrod Case Shows Power of Conservative Media” for this Associated Press piece really fucking rankles me.

Whether the AP supplied that headline or Yahoo! News did, it’s woefully inaccurate.

First, there is the word “conservative.” No, these are lying lunatics we’re talking about, not just “conservatives.” Conservatives suck ass, yes, indeed, but those screaming “black racists! black racists! black racists!” aren’t just your old Goldwater-variety “conservatives.”

They are, as Ted Rall calls them, “protofascists.”*

They are dangerous. They don’t just hold an opinion. They’re talking about the violent overthrow of the democratically elected government. When their stupid white guy is made president even though he lost the vote, they call it “democracy,” and they call their detractors “Sore Losermen,” but when the black guy beats their white guy by seven percentage points, they call it “tyranny” and they actually liken it to the actual tyranny that led up to the Revolutionary War.  

One of these wingnuts, Byron Williams of California, whom I wrote about yesterday, very apparently got it into his head to shoot up an obscure progressive organization in San Francisco because he’d heard Grand Dragon Glenn Beck repeatedly denounce the organization on Faux “News.” (Luckily, the California Highway Patrol got to Williams first and he ended up getting shot up himself but killing no one.)

So to call these people — and I agree wholeheartedly with Rall’s term for them, “protofascists” — “conservatives” is to give them a legitimacy that they don’t fucking have. And worse, the word “conservative” makes them sound a lot more harmless than they actually are.

Then, there is the word “media.”

The word “media” gives an air of legitimacy to such illegitimate purveyors of truth as wingnutty blogs and Faux “News.”

I have a bachelor of science in journalism, so I know how “fair and balanced” mainstream journalists are trained to be. So far do they bend over backwards to be “fair and balanced” that they treat even the most insane right-wing bullshit and the most extremist right-wing enterprises as legitimate, lest they be accused of — gasp! — “liberal bias”!

But, as Sen. Al Franken says (and I believe he is quoting the late Sen. Patrick Moynihan), you are entitled to your own opinions, but not to your own facts.

Since the wingnutty “media” blatantly lie, routinely, to call them “media” is to suggest that they are legitimate purveyors of truth, just like the newspapers and television news broadcasts of yore.

A right-wing racist blogger blatantly recutting a video of a black woman’s speech to “prove” that the black woman (whose speech actually was about racial reconciliation) is “racist” — and then this video lie just parroted on Faux “News” and other wingnutty outlets because they so very badly want to show the “video” of the “racist” black woman: that is legitimate media?

“Sherrod Case Shows Power of Conservative Media.”

The word “power” too suggests legitimacy that just doesn’t fucking exist here.

The only words of that headline that are accurate are “Sherrod Case Shows.”

The correct headline should be: “Sharrod Case Shows That When the President of the United States of America Actually Takes Action Based Upon Bold-Faced Lies Bouncing Around the Wingnut Echo Chamber, This Nation Is Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition! Head for Canada!” 

“[People] being afraid of the machine that the right has put out there – that’s what’s driving this,” Shirley Sherrod said of her lynching.

Yup.

Shirley Sherrod is courageous and she’s wise.

She should be president.

*Rall writes, in part:

Is the Tea Party racist? Democrats who play liberals on TV say it isn’t. Vice President Joe Biden says the Tea Party “is not a racist organization” per se, but allows that “at least elements that were involved in some of the Tea Party folks expressed racist views.”

Right-wing Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has received permission to form an official Tea Party Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. It’s official. The Tea Party matters.

So: is it racist? Certainly a sizeable minority of Tea Partiers’ “take America back” rhetoric is motivated by thinly disguised resentment that a black guy is president. As for the remainder, their tacit tolerance of the intolerant speaks for itself. “Take America back” from whom? You know whom. It ain’t white CEOs.

Yes. The Tea Party is racist. Obviously.

But racism is only one facet of a far more sinister political strain. It’s more accurate to categorize the Tea Party as something the United States has never seen before, certainly not in such large numbers or as widespread.

The Tea Party is a protofascist movement.

Robert O. Paxton defined fascism as “a form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation or victimhood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion.”

Typical Tea Party rants fit the classic fascist mold in several respects. America, Tea Partiers complain, is falling behind. Like Hitler, they blame leftists and liberals for a “stab in the back,” treason on the homefront. The trappings of hypernationalism — flags, bunting, etc. —are notably pervasive at Tea Party rallies, even by American standards. We see “collaboration with traditional elites” — Rush Limbaugh, Congressmen, Republican Party bigwigs (including the most recent vice presidential nominee) — to an extent that is unprecedented in recent history….

[Umberto] Eco [in his 1995 essay “Eternal Fascism”] also discusses fascism’s “appeal to a frustrated middle class, a class suffering from an economic crisis or feelings of political humiliation, and frightened by the pressure of lower social groups.” Guard the borders! Deport the immigrants! Mexicans are stealing our jobs!

So much anger. It’s too bad that the (justifiable) rage of the white male middle-class is directed against their fellow victims. It’s worse that they’re playing into the blood-soaked hands of their own oppressors. 

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‘Black racism’ is pure bullshit

“Is black racism a real problem? Or is it pure politics?” asks an analytical Associated Press piece today.

The answer is simple: Politics. Pure. And simple.

It gets the white supremacists off to assert that blacks (or other non-whites) actually are the racists. Never mind that whole slavery and post-slavery oppression thing: Blacks should just wuv whitey, because hey, we’re all equals now! (Except that we’re not, not in terms of sociopolitical power, we’re sure the fuck not.)

The charge of “black racism” is just projection, which is all that the right wing is capable of: seeing wrongs in everyone else except themselves, and accusing others of the exact same wrongs that they’re guilty of themselves.

And, of course, the plutocrats just love it when the masses are fighting amongst themselves instead of going after the real enemy: the plutocrats.

Which pretty much is what “black racist” Shirley Sherrod actually was saying in her wildly misrepresented speech at the NAACP banquet in Georgia. She said in her speech that she came to realize that socioeconomic class, not race, was the real problem, and that she found solidarity with a poor white farmer through their shared lower socioeconomic status — which is exactly the message that the plutocrats don’t want you to hear, so they’ll assert, as the lying right-wing traitors on Faux “News” did, that Sherrod is a “racist.”

(Faux “News,” owned and operated by a fucking billionaire, exists entirely to keep the dipshit, easily duped mouth-breathers mired in their ignorance and to ensure that they never correctly identify the actual cause of their misery: their corporate overlords and their own fucking stupidity that prevents them from being able to tell friend from fucking foe. Instead, Faux “News” instructs its zombified viewers to blame undocumented immigrants, non-heterosexuals, Muslims and others for all of the nation’s ills.) 

Sherrod also says in the full video of her speech at the NAACP banquet — but not, of course, in the dishonestly pared down and carefully deceptively edited video that white supremacist scumbag human dog shit wingnut he-should-donate-his-organs-now-so-that-someone-else-can-make-better-use-of-them neo-Nazi Andrew Breitbart passed off (quite successfully, initially) as “evidence” of Sherrod’s “racism” — that her father was slain in 1965 by unknown white men.

But yeah, really, Sherrod should just love whitey, and we should fucking lynch her if she doesn’t sufficiently kiss white neo-Nazi ass.

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I have dildos older than that

LiveScience, which often has some interesting articles, actually has one on whether an apparent carved antler believed to be around 6,000 to 8,000 years old found in Sweden might have been used as a dildo.

Uh, I understand wanting readership — people will read this blog piece because of its title and subject matter — but, even as dirty-minded as I can be, I’m not convinced that the antler ever was inserted in some forebearer’s body cavity.

This the alleged ancient sex toy:

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Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. (Of course, it was reported that Bill Clinton had used a cigar as a dildo on [well, in…] Monica Lewinsky, if memory serves…)

The LiveScience article even goes on to apparently suggest that the “dildo” might have been used by a male or males:

It’s not immediately clear whether the tool would have been one most likely to be used by men or women or both.

“If it’s a tool and it’s also shaped like a penis, it could be an item where you want to discuss gender questions,” [an archaeologist] said.

The dirty mind boggles. If a dildo is “used by” a man, does that mean that he’s inserting it inside of himself or that he’s inserting it inside of someone else? Or maybe both?

LiveScience also even reports that the object might have been used as a dildo and as an everyday hand tool. (“Honey, where’s my hammer?”)

Anyway, LiveScience reports that the potential antique sex toy is only about four inches long and less than an inch in diameter.

It is my expert opinion that we can conclude that no gay guy from way back in the day would have been fulfilled by something that insubstantial.

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Sherrod should tell them to shove it

Shirley Sherrod, the U.S. Department of Agriculture employee who became famous overnight for having been sacked by the Obama administration over right-wing lies without due process, reportedly is deciding whether or not she’ll accept the administration’s offer to take her back.

She should refuse it.

After what the Obama administration did to her, how could she ever feel good about working for it again?

The Obama administration doesn’t deserve someone of Sherrod’s caliber, and that the Obama administration fired her first and asked questions later reveals volumes about its character.

Obama’s skin color doesn’t matter, but his character does, and his character, we have learned, is for shit.

“Change” is the bullshit title of a fucking fundraising e-mail I received under Barack Obama’s name today. In the e-mail he asks for forty fucking dollars. (Actually, “$40 or more,” the e-mail requested. Because in this economy, all of us have at least $40 just sitting around, right?)

Oh, I don’t fucking think so, not right after he knee-jerkedly sold Shirley Sherrod down the river because of right-wing lies that, as usual, were so fucking easy to debunk.

“Change”?

Oh, fuck you, Barack Obama. With you it’s only been more of the same. You’re far more interested in pandering to the right wing and the dipshit “swing voters” than you are interested in supporting those who put you where you are now.

And Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack — what a sack of shit.

He says that he takes full responsibility for the way that Sherrod was shat and pissed upon.

Fine: He should fucking resign, then.

Shirley Sherrod’s treatment by the Obama administration was the last fucking straw for me.

I’ll give Barack Obama not another fucking red cent and never another vote.

In fact, I want my money back, and I deeply regret that I wasted my vote on him in November 2008.

I’m almost missing George W. Bush.

At least with him, we knew what to expect. (After he stole the White House in 2000, it could only have gone downhill from there.)

P.S. I saw a news report that Jesse Jackson had demanded that the Obama administration apologize to Sherrod. And Al Sharpton had this strange response, according to The Associated Press:

…Sharpton said black leaders should refrain from calling for an apology from the Obama administration, saying that creates the impression that black leadership is fractured.

“We are only greasing the rails for the right wing to run a train through our ambitions and goals for having civil and human rights in this country,” Sharpton said.

WTF? The Obama administration fucks up royally but black leaders should just let it go because Obama is (half-)black? Uh, isn’t that in its own sick and twisted way a bit racist? Doesn’t it put race above principle, above right and wrong?

I lost all respect for Jackson after he incredibly stupidly aligned himself with the right-wing fucktards during the Terri Schiavo debacle, and both Jackson and Sharpton have long made me ill with their narcissistic spotlight-grabbing.

If there’s an injustice or alleged injustice done to a black person anywhere, there are the self-serving Jackson and Sharpton, predictably, trying to make it all about themselves.

Funny that Sharpton should caution against harming the cause and aiding the right wing when he does that just about every time he opens his mouth before the television cameras.

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