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Are there ANY competent journalists left?

I earned a bachelor of science in journalism, so I think that I’m qualified enough to ask that question.

Recently, former President Jimmy Carter stated what those of us Americans who are intelligent and honest and sane already knew: that much of the opposition to President Barack Obama is rooted in racism.

This is the complete text of one of the first news stories that I read on Carter’s statement, from MSNBC:

In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, former Democratic President Jimmy Carter attributed much of the conservative opposition that President Obama is receiving to the issue of race.

“I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man,” Carter said.

[Carter added:] “I live in the South, and I’ve seen the South come a long way, and I’ve seen the rest of the country that share the South’s attitude toward minority groups at that time, particularly African-Americans.”

Carter continued, “And that racism inclination still exists. And I think it’s bubbled up to the surface because of the belief among many white people, not just in the South but around the country, that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country.

“It’s an abominable circumstance, and it grieves me and concerns me very deeply.”

OK, now Carter very most likely made his comments because the incident in which Repugnican U.S. Rep. Addison Graves (a.k.a. “Joe”) Wilson (of first-to-secede South Carolina) yelled “You lie!” at President Obama during Obama’s nationally televised address to Congress on the topic of health-care reform was still quite fresh in the national memory.

Now, nowhere in Carter’s comments do you see Carter state that anyone who opposes Obama’s health-care reform plans is actually just a racist. Carter doesn’t focus on whether or not one agrees with or opposes what the wingnuts like to call “Obamacare.”

Carter clearly states that it is the “intensely demonstrated animosity” that smells racist to him.  

Again, this is what Carter actually said: “I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man.”

What Carter meant, I believe, is that it was the highly unprofessional, disrespectful, beyond-the-pale act of any U.S. representative, perhaps especially a white man from the South, yelling “You lie!” at President Obama that points to racism — not Wilson’s or anyone else’s opposition to Obama’s health-care reform plans.

Yet somehow many if not most journalists have rewritten history to indicate that Carter actually said that if you oppose Obama’s health-care reform plans, you’re a racist.

There is this, in full, from The Associated Press today:

Former President Bill Clinton says he doesn’t think racism is a principal factor in resistance to President Barack Obama’s plan for overhauling health care.

Interviewed [today] on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Clinton said “there’s no question” racism exists in some outbursts in recent months. But he also said he believes “if he were not an African-American, all of the people who were against him on health care would still be against him. They were against me, too.”

Clinton said that “I sympathize with” former President Jimmy Carter’s feeling that racism accounts for the strenuous opposition to Obama, but said “that’s not what’s driving” Obama’s critics. Clinton said: “What’s driving them is they don’t want health care.”

WTF? Who truly doesn’t want health care? Was Clinton being flippant?

I’m not sure which of them had it wrong, Bill Clinton or the AP writer — or both of them — but again: Carter never said that if you oppose Obama’s health-care reform plan then you must be a racist.

However, let’s be clear: from allegations that “B. Hussein Obama” is an “Islamofascist” sympathizer to allegations that he’s a “socialist” (oh, I wish that he were!) to allegations that he is not an American citizen, the real problem that the vast majority of those who spew forth such allegations have with Obama is that he’s not white.

And if I had to put my money on it, I’d bet that the majority of those who attend “tea parties” bitching and moaning about taxes (even though hundreds of billions of American taxpayers’ dollars have gone to the war profiteers, such as Dick Cheney’s Halliburton, via the bogus Vietraq War) and bitching and moaning about the “socialist” “takeover” of health care are using these issues only as fronts for the fact that they’re just pissed off that their guy, John McCainosaurus, lost the November 2008 presidential election to Obama — whether racism has been the main factor in their preference for the McCainosaurus-Palin-Quayle ticket over the Obama-Biden ticket or not.

But back to my original point: Journalists need to get it right.

“Former President Bill Clinton says he doesn’t think racism is a principal factor in resistance to President Barack Obama’s plan for overhauling health care,” the AP story above begins.

Who in the hell ever said that it was?

Certainly not Jimmy Carter.

Let’s not let the national dialogue on race and racism be shut down because we first misquote luminaries like Jimmy Carter and then attack our own misquotes — or because we allow others to do that. The national dialogue is too important for us truly patriotic Americans to allow that to happen.

Speaking of tea parties, I have to share this ’toon with you:

That ’toon is from murraythenut.com. Many (if not most…) of the ’toonist’s ’toons are just scatological, but his political ’toons are great. Here’s another:

And another:

I love Murry the Nut.

Anyway, finally, yes, Bill Clinton is correct that the wingnuts opposed health-care reform when he was president, too. That’s historical fact. However, never did a stupid white male member of Congress yell “You lie!” or anything else like that while Clinton was giving a nationally televised address to Congress.

Ask yourself why it is that nothing like that happened to Bill Clinton but happened to Barack Obama.

And finally finally, I hope that Clinton was only being facetious when he said that the opponents of Obama’s health-care reform plans don’t want health care.

Of course they want health care. It’s that the right-wing noise machine, funded by millions and millions of corporate dollars, wants the masses to believe that anything that Obama proposes that isn’t good for the corporatocrats and plutocrats is “socialist” (which means “anti-American”) and is even anti-Christian.

These plutocrats/corporatocrats and their wingnutty mouthpieces like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh wrap themselves in the American flag and in the shroud of Turin to the extent that they have convinced millions of easily duped Americans that to oppose the stupid-white-male power structure — such as to wish that health care should be available to all Americans, and that no one should profit obscenely from Americans’ pain and suffering, as is the case under the current wealth care system — is to oppose the nation and patriotism and puppies and kittens and even God and Jesus Themselves.

We, the people, elected Barack Obama as president. Those Americans who are so stupid as to support the plutocrats and corporatocrats and their cheerleaders (like Beck and Limbaugh and Fox “News”) — just like the chickens supporting Colonel Sanders — are the minority.

We, the majority, need to ignore the loud-mouthed minority, and we, the majority, need to proceed with the business that we, the majority, elected President Barack Obama to do.

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‘Macaca’ redux

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Repugnican monkeyshines: Above is S.R. Sidarth, the Indian-American who in August 2006 captured Repugnican U.S. Sen. George Allen of Virginia on video calling him “Macaca,” which lost Allen his Senate re-election bid and effectively ended his political career. Today, Repugnican U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, who plans to run for a U.S. Senate seat for Missouri in 2010, apparently compared President Barack Obama to a “monkey” during a speech he gave at the Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C. — the same gathering where last year boxes of “Obama Waffles” waffle mix were sold, replete with an Aunt-Jemima-like likeness of Obama.

In August 2006, then-U.S. Senator for Virginia George Allen, a Repugnican, of course, referred to a young American man of Indian descent as “Macaca.” In fact, Allen called the young man “Macaca” while the young man was video-recording one of Allen’s re-election campaign stump speeches. (Smart!)  

Wikipedia recounts it this way:

On August 11, 2006, at a campaign stop in Breaks, Virginia, near the Kentucky border, Allen twice used the word “macaca” to refer to [Shekar Ramanuja] Sidarth, an Indian-American, who was filming the event as a “tracker” for the opposing [Democrat Jim Webb’s] campaign.

“Macaca” means “monkey” and is not a racial slur; it is generally used in Francophone African nations, which led to speculation that Allen may have heard the epithet from his mother, a Francophone who grew up in French-colonial Tunisia.

Allen apologized and later said that he did not know the meaning of the word. In 2008, The Washington Post speculated that, were it not for this single utterance, Allen would have been a strong candidate for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination.

How calling someone with brown skin and who is a member of a race that historically has been shit and pissed upon by whitey a “monkey” is not racist escapes me. And why Allen would have used a term whose meaning he didn’t even know (but just happens to mean “monkey”) also escapes me.

Another Wikipedia entry states that the word “macaca” most definitely is a racial slur, and notes that this is what Allen said to Sidarth on that fateful August 2006 day: “This fellow here, over here with the yellow shirt — Macaca, or whatever his name is. He’s with my opponent… Let’s give a welcome to Macaca here. Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia.”

Never mind that Sidarth was born and raised in Virginia, while Allen was born and raised in California; Allen so warmly welcomed Sidarth to Virginia and to the United States nonetheless.

Welcoming an American-born-and-raised citizen to America because his or her skin is brown isn’t racist? Especially when you are a stupid white man doing the welcoming?

In any case, Allen lost the 2006 U.S. Senate election to Webb — “Allen’s re-election in the 2006 [Senate] race seemed inevitable until he was brought down by [the] video that showed him using a racial epithet when talking to [the] staffer for [Webb],” Wikipedia notes — and Allen has faded into political obscurity (where he belongs) since he called the young brown-skinned man “Macaca.”

So now, Salon.com’s War Room reports that today Repugnican U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri, yet another stupid white man, told an interesting little tale at the Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C.:

…And then [Blunt] told a little story about a group of British soldiers who found themselves posted in a quiet part of India in the late 19th century or the early 20th century. It was, Blunt said, a “very lush, very quiet, very peaceful, very uneventful part of India.”

So the soldiers decided, without much better to do, that they’d build a golf course in the jungle. And then the story got weird. [Quoting Blunt:]

Almost from the day the first ball was hit on this golf course something happened they didn’t anticipate: monkeys would come running out of the jungle and then grab the golf balls. And if it was in the fairway, they might throw it in the rough. And if it was in the rough, they might throw it — they might throw it back at you!

And I can point to great and long detail about how many things they tried to eliminate the monkey problem, but they never got it done.

So finally for this golf course and this golf course only, they passed a rule and the rule was, you have to play the ball where the monkey throws it. And that is the rule in Washington all the time.

Yes, you read that right: the point of the story was that like British golfers, conservatives in Washington have to play the ball where the monkey throws it.

Adds the Salon.com writer:

Blunt, who’s running for [the U.S. Senate seat for] Missouri next year, didn’t explain precisely why he chose an analogy about monkeys to illustrate the difficulties posed by the party that opposes the country’s first black president. (They both like to screw up the white man’s golf game?)

You know, you don’t refer to a non-white person as a “monkey.” To call a non-white person a “monkey” is to dehumanize him or her, is to make him or her less than human, is to make him or her into an animal.

And then once you have dehumanized, animalized, him or her, you then can justify doing whatever you want to do to him or her, such as yelling “You lie!” during his or her nationally televised address to Congress — something that you’d never do to a white president.

These racists are putting their feelers out there, are testing the waters, are seeing how far they can go.

If we let their shit pass, if we let them get away with their blatantly racist bullshit, they will up the ante to the point where one of these white supremacists screaming “You lie!” at the president during a nationally televised address to Congress will be comparatively nothing.

Those of us Americans who don’t want the racist Repugnican Party to drag us even further back to the Dark Ages than the unelected Bush regime did during its eight long years of nightmarish unelected rule have a responsibility to confront racism every single fucking time one of these racist motherfuckers thinks that he or she can get away with it.

Even if it looks borderline, we have to confront it.

A Repugnican U.S. representative from South Carolina (the first state that seceded from the Union after Abraham Lincoln’s election) yelling “You lie!” at the nation’s first black president while being nationally televised: That is an act of racism.

Addison Graves (a.k.a. “Joe”) Wilson was not simply registering his differences of opinion with the Obama administration’s health-care reform ideas, as he and his ilk have since claimed. There is a time and a place for that, and it is not during the president’s nationally televised address to Congress.

Wilson’s intent, it seems to me, was to open the door for even further racist attacks upon the nation’s first black president. 

George Allen didn’t call an Indian-American man “Macaca” — twice — and “macaca” just happens to mean “monkey.”

Roy Blunt didn’t tell a parable that ends with the moral that conservatives in Washington “have to play the ball where the monkey throws it” and not mean it as a reference to President Barack Obama.

“Conservative” these days pretty much means “white supremacist.”

We Americans who are not white supremacists, we Americans who form the majority who voted for Barack Obama, need to search our souls and ask ourselves if we are going to allow the white-supremacist minority to take over our nation.

P.S. Take a look at the official photos of George Allen, Addison Graves (a.k.a. “Joe”) Wilson and Roy Blunt (below, in that order):

What do they all have in common?

All three of them were born sometime from 1947 to 1952, making all three of them baby-boomer assholes, and they all are Repugnican politicians who hail from states that used to be slave states. (And, of course, they’re all stupid white men.)

Be on the lookout for men who match this profile. They’re probably motherfucking racists.

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We will, we WILL muzzle you, ‘Joe’

One minute white supremacist Repugnican U.S. Rep. Addison Graves (a.k.a. “Joe”) Wilson of first-to-secede, land-o’-Strom-Thurmond South Carolina is sorry that he interrupted President Barack Obama’s nationally televised address to Congress on health-care reform Wednesday night, and the next minute Wilson is acting as though he’d simply been appropriately exercising his right to free speech.

“On these issues I will not be muzzled. I will speak up and speak loudly against this risky [health-care] plan,” Wilson huffs and puffs in a stilted, deer-in-headlights video that he put on his website in which he martyrs himself.

“Muzzled”?

It’s yet another fucking case of a fucking Repugnican claiming to be a poor victim — and trying to rewrite history.

Oh, sure, yeah, Wilson was just appropriately voicing his dissent on the issue of health-care reform by screaming “You lie!” during the president’s nationally televised address before Congress. Because that was the most appropriate forum for Wilson to voice his dissent on the matter. Surely. No doubt.

I mean, if a Democrat had done that to “President” George W. Bush,  surely the Repugnicans would not have had a problem with it, being the free-speech lovers that they are. Never would a Repugnican “muzzle” a Democrat or other political opponent. Never.

Wilson is a racist asshole who needs to go down. I don’t know how safe he is in his congressional district, but thus far his 2010 Democratic opponent Rob Miller since Wednesday night has raised almost three quarters of a million dollars as I type this sentence. To my knowledge, Wilson’s fellow white supremacists thus far have been able to scrape together less than half of that since he made a national ass of himself on Wednesday night.

A nationwide attack on Wilson might be what it takes to bring him down.

After all, it took a nationwide attack on the racist South — first with the Civil War and then with the civil rights movement — to first end the slavery of blacks and then to put an end to the worst of the post-emancipation attacks on blacks in the South. (Emphasis on “to put an end to the worst of”…)

It’s the year 2009 and Wilson and his ilk have got to go. And we can rid our nation of their embarrassing stain once and for all, but it apparently will take a national effort to do it, since they seem to be fairly protected in their provincial bastions of ignorance and hatred.

So if you haven’t given to Wilson’s opponent Rob Miller, please do so — he’s on his way to the $1 million mark, and it takes money for an outsider to oust an incumbent, even such a loathesome assbite as incumbent Wilson.

Wilson is no victim. When he screamed, “You lie!” at President Barack Obama on Wednesday night, he attracted the national spotlight to himself.

Lots of interesting facts about him are coming to light since he put himself into the national spotlight. I already told you that his real, Richie-Rich name is Addison Wilson (not Joe) Graves and that he was an aide to one of the nation’s most renowned racists, Strom Thurmond, who ran for president in 1948 on the segregationist ticket before he became a U.S. Senator for South Carolina.

Thurmond, ironically, impregnated his family’s 16-year-old black maid — because that’s the kind of thing that the “family values” and “moral values” Repugnicans do: speak out vehemently against blacks and then impregnate the family’s teenaged black maid — and after Thurmond’s long overdue death in 2003, Thurmond’s daughter, Essie Mae Washington-Williams, went public with the fact that he was her father.

“Joe” Wilson promptly attacked her for having made the secret public; apparently she should have taken the secret with her to her grave, because it was embarrassing to the otherwise-pristine memory of Strom Thurmond. In Wilson’s book, she should have kept her fucking mouth shut — you know, like a good black person would do in the South! 

Other facts about the blue-eyed devil* Wilson are here.

Finally, I am happy to see this short news item today from The Associated Press:

Washington, D.C. – Democratic leaders are planning to vote early next week to admonish Republican Rep. Joe Wilson if he does not apologize on the House floor for yelling “You lie!” at President Barack Obama [on Wednesday night during Obama’s nationally televised address to Congress on health-care reform].

Brendan Daly, a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said party leaders decided at a meeting [yesterday] that they will likely move forward with a resolution of disapproval against Wilson absent another apology.

Wilson apologized to Obama after the incident on Wednesday, but he has refused requests to apologize to the House. Wilson’s office says the congressman considers his initial apology sufficient.

Democrats say the insult clearly violated House rules of decorum.

Yup. And if the Democrats don’t nail Wilson, other stupid white men in Congress who can’t get over the fact that the party of stupid white men lost the presidential election in 2008 — and to a black! man! — will sense, correctly, that the Democratic leadership is wussified, and they will follow Wilson’s lead and continually disrupt Congress and disrespect President Obama in ways that they never would have allowed George W. Bush to be disrespected, even though the election-stealing, bogus-war-launching, mass-murdering dictator Bush never was, is not, and never will be worthy of a drop of respect.

Assholes like Addison Graves Wilson don’t get the concept of mercy. In their profound fucktardation, it’s entirely lost on them; they take mercy as weakness instead of what it actually is: strength. So we show them no fucking mercy.

After all, they would show us none.

*For the record, I have blue eyes. But I’m angelic.

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‘Joe’ Wilson’s opponent Rob Miller rakes in $200K after ‘You lie!’ outburst

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The Associated Press reports today, although it’s all the way at the end of the news story:

Back on [Repugnican U.S. Rep. Addison Graves] Wilson’s home turf, the [“You lie!”] uproar turned into a boon for Democrat Rob Miller, his opponent in next year’s midterm elections.

In the first 24 hours after Wilson’s outburst, Miller’s campaign coffers swelled by $200,000, according to Jessica Santillo of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

The contribution, she said, came in from 5,000 individual contributions.

Yes!

And according to Wikipedia, “In the 2008 general election, [Wilson] won 54 percent of the vote to Rob Miller’s 46 percent, the closest race in the district in 20 years.”

Congressional races take money, so if you can give Rob Miller a donation, please do so! You can do so by clicking here.

I think that Miller can take Wilson down this time, so that your donation wouldn’t be a waste of your money.

(Miller needs to get his campaign website up and running ASAP, though; robmillerforcongress.com is not working…)

Finally, the news media are reporting that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi isn’t seeking Wilson’s head on a silver platter for his unprecedented-at-least-in-modern-times outburst, and President Barack Obama has said that he has accepted Wilson’s apology, noting that “we all make mistakes.”

Um, sure, we all make mistakes, but how many of us heckle the president of the United States of America while he (or she — one day…) is delivering a nationally televised address to Congress?

I’m not sure whether the Democratic leadership is doing the politically smartest thing by not appearing to be too vengeful or whether they’re shooting themselves in the feet yet once again by appearing to be too wussified.

Anyone who cares to chime in on that question, please leave a comment below.

Update (7:40 p.m.):

The Associated Press now puts Democrat Rob Miller’s post-“Joe”-Wilson-outburst take at $500,000 thus far. Talk about your unintended consequences!

While Wilson’s bullshit might play well in his own congressional district — that the people of his district would elect him repeatedly says a lot about the people of his district, I surmise — he has further harmed his party, which is a national party no more. 

And that’s priceless.

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Addison Graves (a.k.a. ‘Joe’) Wilson was aide to racist icon Strom Thurmond

Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, ...

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Just your average Addison Graves: Politically dead man walking U.S. Rep. “Joe” Wilson, pictured during President Barack Obama’s nationally televised speech on health-care reform, during which Wilson yelled out to Obama, “You lie!”

Shit, all I did was enter “Joe Wilson” into Wikipedia.org’s search bar and I learned that the Repugnican U.S. representative from South Carolina’s real name is Addison Graves Wilson Sr.

How do you get Joe from Addison Graves?

But Joe sure sounds a lot more folksy, doesn’t it? You betcha! You’ve never heard of any Addison Graves the Plumbers, have ya? I mean, you probably wouldn’t want to have a beer with an Addison Graves, but how about a beer with a Joe?

Wikipedia also notes that Addison Graves the Plumber was an aide to the infamous racist South Carolina politician Strom Thurmond, who in 1948 ran for president on the segregationist States’ Rights Democratic Party (“Dixiecrat”) ticket.

As Addison Graves (doesn’t that sound like a medical disorder? “Addison-Graves Disease” or something?) was born in 1947, Thurmond’s racist past had to have been known to him when he decided to become Thurmond’s aide.

Thankfully, Thurmond finally died and went to hell in 2003.

Hopefully, we’ll see Addison Graves’ political death soon. And then maybe we can say that he politically died from Addison-Graves Disease.

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