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Lowering Arizona (if that’s even still possible)

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu speaks at a news conference, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 in Florence, Ariz.  Babeu, a sheriff seeking the GOP nomination for an Arizona congressional seat has been forced to confirm he is gay amid allegations of misconduct made by a man with whom he previously had a relationship. Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu on Saturday denied claims he tried to threaten the man, who is Hispanic, with deportation if their past relationship was made public. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Deirdre Hamill)  MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

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Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu declares at a press conference in Florence, Arizona, yesterday that he indeed is gay but that he didn’t threaten his reported former male lover, “Jose,” with deportation if “Jose” didn’t keep his mouth shut about their sexual relationship.

This reads like the plot of a Coen brothers movie (except that it’s a Reuters news story):

A local sheriff resigned as a co-chair of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s campaign in Arizona [yesterday] after he was accused of threatening a former male lover with deportation to Mexico if he talked about their relationship.

In an embarrassing incident for Romney’s struggling campaign, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu denied that he or his lawyer made the deportation threat but stepped down from helping the former Massachusetts governor in the border state.

Babeu acknowledged at a press conference [yesterday] that he is gay and that he had a personal relationship with the man making the allegations, whom he identified only as “Jose.”

“Sheriff Babeu has stepped down from his volunteer position with the campaign so he can focus on the allegations against him. We support his decision,” the Romney campaign said in a statement.

The Phoenix New Times alternative newspaper reported on Friday that Babeu’s lawyer had asked Jose to sign a legal agreement that would require him to keep quiet about his involvement with the sheriff. According to the newspaper, the lawyer also warned Jose that any talk about their relationship could imperil his immigration status.

“All of these allegations that were in one of these newspapers were absolutely false, except for the issue that referred to me as being gay, and that is the truth. I am gay,” Babeu said at the news conference. …

I don’t think that the New Times (a quality news weekly that I used to read when I was [unfortunately…] a resident of Phoenix in the 1990s) wants to be sued for libel, so I tend to believe that the New Times reported the truth.

In any event, what a head case Paul Babeu must be.

The Reuters news story further notes that

Babeu first came to statewide prominence in 2010 when he appeared in a campaign ad for U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona, the Republican presidential nominee two years earlier, calling for tough immigration measures.

The sheriff, who is a tough law-and-order advocate, was considered a rising star in state Republican politics and a strong candidate to win the Republican nomination for a congressional seat in Arizona this year.

Babeu is a strong critic of the handling of immigration issues by the administration of President Barack Obama.

Yet Babeu reportedly took on an male Mexican immigrant as his lover? And he was assisting the homophobic Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign?

Again, what a head case, to publicly be castigating “illegals”* while one of them, reportedly, privately is your lover, and to publicly be supporting Mitt Romney — whose patriarchal, misogynist, white supremacist, homophobic, “Christo”fascist Mormon cult was instrumental in passing Proposition H8 — while privately being gay.

I’m glad that Babeu at least now is out of the closet, so that we can’t call him a closet case as well as a head case, but of course it doesn’t count as courage on his part, since the New Times outed him; he very apparently never would have come out on his own, but would have continued his hypocritical, double-standard charade indefinitely, apparently.

Babeu’s political career in Arizona should be dead — not because he’s a hypocrite and a liar and a coward, which would be good cause, but primarily because he is gay in one of the nation’s reddest, most hateful and bigoted states.

The upshot is that now that he is out of the closet and his political career within the Repugnican Tea Party just died, he should have plenty of time to have his head examined.

P.S. Via the Phoenix New Times’ website, here is a photo of Babeu with his beau “Jose”:

Paul Babeu and Jose

Maher: Racists break eighth-graders’ code of conduct

Speaking of Arizona, Bill Maher recently did a nice (if rather dated) rant on how members of the treasonous, white supremacist Repugnican Tea Party feel quite comfortable disrespecting President Barack Obama in person, publicly committing acts of deep disrespect that former “President” George W. Bush — who (in my estimation) was more reviled by more Americans than Obama ever has been — ever endured.

(The only public embarrassment that Bush ever endured, to my recollection, was toward the end of his illegitimate presidency, when an Iraqi threw his shoes at Bush during a press conference in Baghdad in protest of the Bush regime’s illegal, immoral, unjust and unprovoked Vietraq War, which resulted in the unnecessary deaths of thousands and thousands of the Iraqi’s fellow countrymen. [Unfortunately, both of the shoes missed their target.])

The two most glaring examples that Maher recounts are Repugnican Tea Party Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer thrusting her talon in Obama’s face on the tarmac in Arizona and Repugnican Tea Party South Carolina U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson screaming out “You lie!” during a live, nationally televised address to Congress that Obama was giving on the topic of health-care reform.

Maher quips that “if Mitt Romney really wants to win over conservative voters, he has to one-up Jan Brewer and spit on Obama’s shoes.”

Maher notes that as much as we on the left skewered Bush during his eight unelected, disastrous years of rule, we respected the office of the presidency and never disrespected Bush publicly in person. This kind of tacit agreement, Maher declares, “has always worked for eighth-grade girls, and it’s always worked for the United States of America.”

Actually, I encourage the white supremacist Repugnican Tea Party traitors to continue their racist assaults on the president, the man who in 2008 received more popular votes than George W. Bush ever did in 2000 or in 2004, in actual numbers and in the percentage of the popular vote. (Bush garnered only 47.9 percent of the popular vote in 2000 — to Democrat Al Gore’s 48.4 percent — and only 50.7 percent in 2004, while in 2008 Obama garnered 52.9 percent of the popular votes to John McCainosaurus’ paltry 45.7 percent, and no other U.S. president ever received as many popular votes as Obama did.)

Racism doesn’t sit well with the majority of the nation’s younger voters, and as the older white supremacists continue to kick off, the Repugnican Tea Party should continue to go extinct. (Ditto for its patriarchy, misogyny and homophobia, which also are killing the Repugnican Tea Party’s future.)

Team Obama still searching for slogans

Not that I’m a huge fan of Barack Obama. But I have very different reasons for that than do the Repugnican Tea Party traitors.

I voted for Barack Obama in November 2008. Even when I walked into my polling place I wasn’t sure whether I would cast my vote for Obama or for independent progressive presidential candidate Ralph Nader, who of course had zero chance of winning but whose political views more closely match my own than do Obama’s (and whom I’d voted for here in California in 2000).

I had given Obama hundreds of dollars, mainly in order to help him defeat Billary Clinton in the 2008 presidential primary season, and because I knew that of course the next president would be from the two-party duopoly. I didn’t want a third Bill-Clinton (that is, Democratic-in-name-only) term in Billary Clinton, but with Barack Obama we got that anyway.

That Obama would be the first non-white president in U.S. history was a factor (not a huge factor, but still a factor) in my decision to, at the last minute, darken the oval next to his name on my ballot instead of Ralph Nader’s. Nader couldn’t win anyway, and it was at least a little exhilarating, for the first time in U.S. history, to have the option of voting for someone for president other than yet another white man.

And, call me naive, but I more or less believed Obama’s relentless 2008 campaign promises of “hope” and “change” (and their derivatives, such as “Change we can believe in”).

I didn’t expect Obama as president to achieve miracles, but I did expect him to use the political capital at his disposal. Yet, when he had both houses of Congress dominated by his party and when he had the American public’s good will behind him, Obama utterly squandered his political capital during 2009 and 2010, his best years to push through a progressive agenda — that “hope” and “change” that he’d promised us in return for our support of him.

Instead, in 2009 and 2010 Obama focused on not pissing off the Repugnican Tea Party traitors, but trying to sing “Kumbaya” with them — while shitting and pissing upon his base, whom he and his mouthpieces referred to (among other things) as “sanctimonious” and members of “the professional left.”

Smart: Kowtow to those who never will support you, ever, no matter fucking what, and tell those who put you where you are to go fuck themselves. 

Reuters has a cute little article on how Team Obama knows fully well that it can’t reuse its empty 2008 slogans of “hope” and “change” for 2012 without being laughed off of the planet.

Long ago, I offered this snappy little slogan to Team Obama for 2012: Really This Time!

Team Obama, you can have that. No, really. It’s all yours. No charge.

In the meantime, the only way that I could see myself voting for Obama again is if the Repugnican Tea Party presidential candidate (“Christo”fascist Mormon Mitt Romney or “Christo”fascist Catholick Prick Santorum, most likely, it appears) were anywhere close to Obama in the polls here in California within about two weeks to Election Day.

With Repugnican Tea Party registration sitting at only a paltry 30 percent of registered voters here in California, the nation’s most populous state — and Democratic registration here being at 44 percent — I can’t see Obama losing California, and in the winner-takes-all Electoral College system, if you vote for anyone but Obama in California in November 2012, your vote essentially won’t matter at all, since Obama’s victory here essentially is a foregone conclusion (I put his chances of winning California and all of its electoral votes at least at 99 percent**).

Therefore, my 2012 presidential vote most likely will go to Green Party candidate Jill Stein, if she makes it to the November ballot.

(The U.S. Green Party is to choose its presidential nominee in July, and it will be Stein or Roseanne Barr. I love Roseanne, but she comes to the Green Party fairly late, and I hate it when in elections celebrity trumps political ability, such as happened here in California when Hollywood testosterone flick star Arnold “Baby Daddy” Schwarzenegger became governor and when former basketball star Kevin Johnson became Sacramento’s mayor.

That said, yes, if it came to that, I would vote for Roseanne Barr over Barack Obama. Hands down.)

*To be clear, I gather from news reports that “Jose,” while not an American citizen, has been in Arizona legally, on a visa. However, let’s face it: when the white supremacists talk about “illegals,” their real problem with these undocumented Mexican (or other Latino) immigrants isn’t the immigrants’ legal status. It’s the color of their skin.

**This model puts Obama’s chances of winning California’s 55 electoral votes at just over 96 percent. It also predicts that Obama will win re-election in November, with 303 electoral votes to 235 electoral votes for his Repugnican Tea Party opponent. That sounds about right to me. I expect that in November Obama will not do as well as he did in November 2008, but that he still will win re-election. (In 2008 Obama won 365 electoral votes to John McCainosaurus’ paltry 173.)

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Joe Wilson Jr. heckles president in Iowa

So some wingnut named Ryan Rhodes, an Iowan “tea party” terrorist, thinks that he’s some hot shit because he confronted actually democratically elected (and, not, say, like George W. Bush, U.S. Supreme Court-appointed) President Barack Obama at a public event last night.

I mean, look at the wingnut’s smug, smarmy, self-satisfied face:

Rhodes from the Iowa Tea Party Revolution argues with US President Obama during a town hall-style event in Decorah, Iowa

Ryan Rhodes, right, and another member of the Iowa Tea Party Revolution, speak to President Barack Obama at a town hall meeting, Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at the Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa, during his three-day economic bus tour.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Now, if it had been a public appearance by George W. Bush, no one would have been able to confront him publicly. Bush’s public appearances were that carefully controlled. The attendees were carefully pre-screened. It’s not that no one ever would have confronted Bush publicly. It’s that no one ever had such access to the election-stealing, bogus-war-starting traitor. (The Iraqi man who took off and threw his shoes at Bush at a press conference in Iraq, though — that was pretty good. Too bad he missed.)

And what critically important issue of national significance did “tea party” “patriot” Rhodes confront Obama about last night? The economy? The environment? Education? Health care?

Nooooohe used his opportunity to make an ass of himself nationally to whine over Vice President Joe Biden’s allegedly having referred to the Repugnican Tea Party traitors as “terrorists.”

Oh, boo hoo hoo!

The fact that Barack Obama doesn’t have to answer for what another elected official said or didn’t say, the fact that Obama is responsible only for his own words, as he has control only over his own words, completely aside, I had thought that these treasonous “tea party” terrorists were tough!

But the “tea party” traitors actually are little girls — tea parties are, after all, for little girls — who can dish it out but who can’t take it, as Obama himself indicated.* The “tea party” terrorists have called Obama a Muslim, a Muslim terrorist sympathizer, a Communist or a socialist (a socialist in a bad way, although most of them don’t even know what socialism actually is**) and ineligible to be president because he wasn’t born in the United States (oh, except that of course he was).

That’s when they’re being nice. And intellectual. When they’re not, Obama is a witch doctor with a bone through his nose —

— or a monkey or an ape–

who just loves hisself some watermelon:

He’s even been marketed by the racist, white supremacist “tea party” terrorists as a sort of Muslim Aunt Jemima:

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

The “tea partiers” are so funny!

What I’m saying is that Ryan Rhodes is a pathetic piece of shit who should donate his organs now so that others can make better use of them. This wasn’t a concerned citizen asking the president of the United States a critically important question for the good of the nation. This was a self-serving, self-aggrandizing bottom-feeder trying to make himself look like hot shit for having been an asshole to the president of the United States.

This was just another Joe Wilson incident, a white wingnut who thinks that it’s perfectly OK to publicly disrespect the president of the United States of America because the president isn’t white and isn’t a wingnut.

Not only is racism behind such acts as Joe Wilson’s and Ryan Rhodes’, but it also is their treasonous, anti-democratic belief that their wingnutty ideology is so inherently superior that it’s perfectly OK for them to disregard the fact that a majority of their fellow Americans voted for Barack Obama, a higher percentage and a higher number of American voters than the percentage or the number of Americans who ever cast a vote for George W. Bush.

That’s fine, though.

What Ryan Rhodes and his scumbag tea-baggin’ ilk need to know, however, is that while they surround themselves only with treasonous douche bags like themselves, in the United States of America there are millions of white men like me (and women, and individuals of other races) who are ready to destroy them for their continued treason, their continued white supremacism and their continued oppression of minority groups — and yes, their terrorism.

We are itching for a rematch of the Civil War.

To paraphrase one of the treasonous, tea-baggin’ terrorists’ founding fathers***, George W. Bush:

Bring. It. On. Bitches!

*Obama reportedly stated, “In fairness, since I have been called a socialist who wasn’t born in this country, who is destroying America and taking away its freedoms because I passed a health care bill, I am all for lowering the [heated] rhetoric.”

**AFP reports that Rhodes supported Crazy Eyes Bachmann in the Iowa straw poll and that Rhodes “later told reporters that he believed that Obama was indeed a socialist.” Because the Bachmann-loving Rhodes is a lunatic. I only wish that Obama were a socialist instead of caving in to the treasonous “tea party” terrorists all of the fucking time.

***The “tea party” traitors’ main founding father, of course, is Benedict Arnold, because just as Arnold supported the oppressive British monarchy over the American colonists, the “tea party” traitors support the treasonous, oppressive plutocrats over their fellow Americans.

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Julian Assange, my hero

File photo of WikiLeaks founder Assange holding ...

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WikiLeaks crusader Julian Assange of Australia, shown above in a photo taken last month, is closest that we have to this guy:

I’ve been following the WikiLeaks saga for some time now but until now I have yet to comment. (I actually wanted things to gel a bit before I opened my mouth, believe it or not…)

The inescapable conclusion that I have drawn is that Julian Assange‘s biggest “crime” is that he has stepped on the toes of the powers that be.

Tell a lie and no one really cares. (Look at the volume of lies that the right wing pumps out on a daily fucking basis, and look at how Liar in Chief George W. Bush and his henchpeople had complete impunity for their relentless lying.) Tell the forbidden truth, however, and look out!

Most of the dirty truths that Julian Assange and his associates have put out there pose no threat to national security or to public safety. That’s just bullshit, a red herring put out there by the right wing and the powers that be (yes, including members of the Obama administration).

If the right wing really gave a flying fuck about public safety, we wouldn’t have seen the almost 3,000 people killed on Sept. 11, 2001 (even though then-“President” George W. Bush the month before had received a presidential daily briefing warning “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.”) or the almost 2,000 confirmed deaths from Hurricane Katrina.* (You might argue that 9/11 couldn’t have been prevented, but the deaths from Hurricane Katrina most certainly could have been, as there had been ample warning of the impending catastrophe.)

And “national security” sure is flexible, isn’t it? It was perfectly OK when the stupid white men of the unelected, treasonous Bush regime outed Central Intelligence Agency operative Valerie Plame** for petty political revenge against her husband, then-Ambassador Joe Wilson, but we just have to put Julian Assange in prison. Some wingnuts have even called for his assassination.

Assassinating (or even imprisoning) Assange, of course, would only make him a matryr, and hundreds or thousands of us who are on the verge of bloody revolution against the power elite would take his place.

The powers that be need to be very, very careful.

Speaking of the powers that be, I love this news photo:

Prince Charles, Camilla

Associated Press photo

That’s Britain’s Prince Charles and his consort in London on Thursday showing complete and utter shock that the rabble — some of them wonderfully yelling “Off with their heads!” — were able to reach their Rolls Royce during a student protest against the tripling of university tuition.

How could this security breach have happened? everyone is asking — when the real question, in my book, is Why, in the year 20fucking10, when so many of us are in need, do we still have royalty?

That’s an issue for the Brits to resolve (although I firmly am on the side of the students whose future is being compromised by Britain’s selfish power elite), but the equivalent question here in the United States of America is why we still have our own aristocrats, the plutocrats and the corporatocrats who do such things as fight tooth and nail for tax cuts for the wealthy while they fight to push the age for eligibility for Social Security retirement benefits for members of Generation X (and those who follow Gen X) to age 70 (when most of us will be dead before then for lack of health care).

Why do we allow these thieves to steal from us, to destroy our planet, to keep us in perpetual wage slavery and in perpetual bogus warfare, and overall to destroy our future? Why, when there are so many of us than there are of them, and when in reality they need us and we don’t need them, do we allow these wolves to continue to feed on us?

What Julian Assange has done is reveal to the world the communiques of the wolves, for it is by their keeping their behind-the-scenes maneuverings as secret as possible that the wolves maintain their control over us sheep. Destroy the wolves’ secrecy, and you destroy their power. Destroy their power, and you destroy them.

Julian Assange has taken serious shots at the wolves. Therefore, in my book, he is a hero.*** And should anything happen to him, thousands of us, minimally, should rise up and take his place.

P.S. While there is much about libertarian Ron Paul that I don’t like, including his homophobia, his being anti-choice and his support of “states’ rights” (which can be used to support all kinds of oppression of minorities), there are some things about him that I do like, such as his opposition to torture and domestic surveillance, and I love his recent impassioned defense of Julian Assange against the power elite on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. You should watch it here.

P.P.S. I just now found this news photo, taken yesterday at the British embassy in Madrid:

Wikileaks supporters demonstrate in support of ...

Reuters photo

Wow. Apparently many of us have the same idea…

*And despite its ubiquitous campaign promises of “hope” and “change,” the Obama administration handled the catastrophic British Petroleum oil spill about as well as the Bush regime would have: in a way that put a corporation over the environment.

**I recommend the film “Fair Game,” which chronicles this treason by the Bush regime. The film screams “Give me my Oscars already!” but it’s worthwhile nonetheless.

***I certainly don’t assert that Assange is an angel. None of us is. However, I separate the information about the power elite that he has revealed to the world from the details of his personal life.

The right wing’s tactic in cases like this is to try to assassinate the rebel’s character — if not the rebel him- or herself — in order to divert attention away from the damaging information about the power elite that the rebel has revealed.

Way too many of us see this bullshit for what it is, however. If Assange is guilty of any sexual misconduct, that is a separate issue, and Assange’s work of exposing the power elite is larger than is Assange. And should anything happen to him, we must continue his work, because if he weren’t on to something, they wouldn’t be on him as they have been.

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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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