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Tell certain liberals and progressives that you can't bring yourself to vote for a candidate who opposes gay rights, or who doesn't believe in Darwinian evolution, and they'll nod along. Say that you'd never vote for a politician caught using the 'n'-word, even if you agreed with him on more policy issues than his opponent, and the vast majority of left-leaning Americans would understand. But these same people cannot conceive of how anyone can discern Mitt Romney's flaws, which I've chronicled in the course of the campaign, and still not vote for Obama.
Don't they see that Obama's transgressions are worse than any I've mentioned?
I don't see how anyone who confronts Obama's record with clear eyes can enthusiastically support him. I do understand how they might concluded that he is the lesser of two evils, and back him reluctantly, but I'd have thought more people on the left would regard a sustained assault on civil liberties and the ongoing, needless killing of innocent kids as deal-breakers.
There are folks on the left who feel that way, of course. Some of them were protesting with the Occupy movement at the DNC. But the vast majority don't just continue supporting Obama. They can't even comprehend how anyone would decide differently. In a recent post, I excoriated the GOP and its conservative base for operating in a fantasy land with insufficient respect for empiricism or honest argument.
I ended the post with a one-line dig at the Democratic Party. "To hell with them both," I fumed.
Said a commenter, echoing an argument I hear all the time:
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/09/why-i-refuse-to-vote-for-barack-obama/262861/Tell certain liberals and progressives that you can't bring yourself to vote for... more
An Iranian diplomat was escorted from a street by police Wednesday after he was surrounded and threatened by an angry group of protesters near the United Nations. (Sept. 26)An Iranian diplomat was escorted from a street by police Wednesday after he was... more
WONDERFUL! - This needs to be seen and heard!
The great Randy Newman takes a shot at racism and American politics...
"I’m dreaming of a white President
Buh buh buh buh
‘Cause things have never been this bad
So he won’t run the hundred in ten seconds flat
So he won’t have a pretty jump shot
Or be an Olympic acrobat
So he won’t know much about global warming
Is that really where you’re at?
He won’t be the brightest, perhaps
But he’ll be the whitest
And I’ll vote for that"
http://veracitystew.com/?p=42987WONDERFUL! - This needs to be seen and heard! The great Randy Newman takes a shot... more
Nothing personal, but most states currently run by the GOP are states I wouldn’t be caught dead in, with Kansas and Arizona at the top of the list. Sometimes I think the most uninformed and extreme residents of those states have some sort of bet going to see which can out-crazy the other and how quickly can they do it.
http://veracitystew.com/?p=42661Nothing personal, but most states currently run by the GOP are states I wouldn’t... more
Poll: 1 in 3 think the majority of Hispanics are undocumented ... when 82 percent are in the U.S. legally18 percent of Hispanics in the U.S. are undocumented
only 37 percent of Hispanics are even immigrants.
http://nbclatino.com/2012/09/12/poll-1-out-of-3-americans-think-most-hispanics-are-undocumented/18 percent of Hispanics in the U.S. are undocumented only 37 percent of Hispanics... more
A 16-year old called for the assassination of President Obama via Twitter; should we ask ourselves: have we failed our youth?President Barack Obama tonight spoke, in the most stark, pressing, and persuasive way I've ever heard from him, of The Choice we face as a nation in this election: between an America where we all come together and one in which we're on our own; between an America that believes in keeping our jobs here and one in which we send jobs to other countries; between an America that believes in the fundamental right for people to live free from fear of ill health or of insurmountable college loans and one in which we have to give up our rights just so that a few can be given even bigger tax breaks; between an America that affirms its commitment to truth and science and one in which we shun the facts of our ailing planet and our impact on it; between an America filled with daughters who advance just as far as sons and one in which that reality never gets realized; between an America in which young immigrant children who've arrived without a choice can pursue the full extent of choices we as citizens should all be able to and one in which those same young boys and girls spend their lives reigned in by unfulfilled potential vitiated by the threat of deportation; between an America that is filled with hope for a brighter future and one in which we live within the shadows of the past.
But The Choice is also about something far weightier, something far longer-term than our economic prosperity or the American Comeback or of freedoms to love and marry who you want or pursue whatever dreams you have regardless of your background or your fortunes. It's something far outside the boundaries of this election alone: it's a choice between the kind of world in which hope is codified into our laws and values as a nation, and one in which the seeds of division, exclusion, and anger triumph over the greater good—wherein the fabric of society is allowed to erode at the vestigial hands of hate.
I believe that this latter, pernicious world view—that cynicism borne out of a lack of compassion, or out of an abundance of xenophobia, or out of an inability to disagree intellectually without being viscerally disagreeable, or, yes, out of racism—is precisely what drives the engines of inequality and persecution and of the many other ugly virtues that get so easily labeled "human nature".
Because when a 16 year-old white girl takes to Twitter to openly call for the assassination of our President, you have got to wonder where we, as a society, have gone wrong; why we, as a society, have failed; how we, as a society, have allowed hatred to incubate within such a young, malleable mind. It is a choice that, as President Obama paralleled tonight in his invocation of our rights and responsibilities as a nation and as a society, we all shoulder the burden of making, because the consequences of that choice will shape a future of our own making.
I am speechless at the tweet and what it represents. Let it sink in your conscience once again:
Someone needs to assassinate Obama...like ASAP #DieYouPieceOfShit
That tweet has been RT'd over 300 times.
Over sixty people have marked it as a Favorite.
The kid has actually gained followers since she tweeted that.
I can only hope that the Secret Service and FBI are already contacting her and her parents, as we all should be contacting the Cincinnati Secret Service Field Office at CINCINNATI 513-684-3585 or the FBI via its tips website.
As is, ordinary citizens have already pastebinned basic, openly, and publicly available information about her, including her school's contact info, should you feel inclined to leave an overnight message about hope or give an early morning ring to the Principal.
I just called and left a voice message on the principal's answering machine saying that, as a former schoolteacher, I believe communities and schools, in addition to parents, share the responsibility of talking to kids about the consequences of their actions, and to guide them away from the kind of hatred behind actions such as these. I also wished the Principal well in light of the possible media firestorm that Alyssa's tweet may portend. (Alyssa Douglas tweets are coming in at about 20-50 per minute)
We may never be able to stamp out bigotry or hatred or injustice completely, as weeds unto the grass can never truly be eradicated, but we can choose a future in which the kind of tolerance, acceptance, and hope that our President believes in and spoke about tonight grabs these sorts of sentiments by the roots and yanks them from the grip of our society's youth, because, as we can see in this example of Alyssa Douglas, that grip intensifies perhaps irreparably by the time someone reaches adulthood.
It's about time we made The Choice for what kind of future we want for tomorrow's sixteen year-olds and for our nation.
- Article by "therehastobeaway"
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/09/07/1128805/-THE-CHOICE-When-16-Year-Old-Alyssa-Douglas-Calls-For-The-President-s-Assassination-on-TwitterPresident Barack Obama tonight spoke, in the most stark, pressing, and persuasive way... more
Interesting analysis from the Guardian.
By continuing to appeal to white voters -- and pretty much just white voters -- the Republican party is sealing its doom, at least in the long run. Whites will be a minority in the U.S. in the next few years.
Romney gets 0 percent of the black vote in a recent WSJ poll (yeah, 0 percent) and only 32 percent of the Latino vote. To win, he needs at least 61 percent of the white vote ... and a 74 percent white voter turnout. McCain got 55 percent of the white vote.
"The tension between the projection of a modern, inclusive, tolerant (Republican) party and the reality of a sizeable racially intolerant element within its base pining for the restoration of white privilege is neither new nor accidental. Indeed, it in no small part explains the trajectory of the Republican party for almost the last half century. In his diary, Richard Nixon's chief-of-staff, Bob Haldeman, described how his boss spelled out the racial contours of a new electoral game-plan to win southern and suburban whites over to the Republican party in the wake of the civil rights era. "You have to face the fact that the whole problem is really the blacks," Nixon told him. "The key is to devise a system that recognises that while not appearing to.""
http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/dam/assets/120811014459-romney-ryan-vp-2-horizontal-gallery.jpgInteresting analysis from the Guardian. By continuing to appeal to white voters --... more
"Ain't I a Woman?" This question is attributed to Sojourner Truth's speech at a women's convention in 1851. And it's a question that's still relevant to African American women in 2012, as demonstrated by first lady Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention this week where she touched upon health care and women's choices.
African American women are nearly four times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications than white women.
Nationally, black women account for 66 percent of new cases of HIV among women.
HIV/AIDS-related illness is now the leading cause of death among black women ages 25-34.
Black and Hispanic women's rates of unwanted pregnancy and abortion are significantly higher than those of white women, according to the New York-based Guttmacher Institute.
Black women are three times more likely to experience an unintended pregnancy than white women. These higher rates in unexpected pregnancy reflect a disparity in access to quality affordable contraceptive services along with other quality women's health care services.
Census report projections suggest women of color are rapidly on their way to becoming the majority of women in the United States by 2041.
While my focus is on African American women, the experiences of Native American, Latina and Asian women also have different nuances than those of white U.S. women and they need to be heard as well.
Full story at http://womensenews.org/story/sisterspace/120906/black-women-need-be-heard-health-issues"Ain't I a Woman?" This question is attributed to Sojourner... more
In Ms. Kremer's teabagger world, President Obama is an uppity black man who had no right to be elected to the office of president, and who, if you had your drothers, wouldn’t be considered a full human being with any rights whatsoever under the constitution; but you can’t really say that out loud without exposing yourself as a racist prick, so you disguise it with this “global, one world” rhetoric that questions his patriotism, his love for his country, which in turn attempts to manipulate peoples’ perception of him into something that is foreign and dangerous and un-American and therefore a massive threat to the nation.
http://veracitystew.com/?p=42068In Ms. Kremer's teabagger world, President Obama is an uppity black man who had... more
CNN Soledad O'brien goes in on Tea Party Spokesperson for coded racism.
Shoot first ask questions later.
VALLEJO (CBS SF) — One man was killed and another injured in an officer-involved shooting in Vallejo early Sunday morning, police said.
Two officers were on patrol in the 100 block of Pepper Drive — an area known for recent gang-related activity — at about 4:30 a.m., according to Vallejo police.
Two men were spotted sitting inside a vehicle, police said. The officers turned on their patrol car spotlights to illuminate the suspects' vehicle. The driver got out and the officers reported seeing the butt of a handgun in his waistband, police said.
The man — partially obscured by the open door of his car — reached for the gun and began to turn toward the officers, police said.
Believing he was going to shoot, the officers fired their weapons at the suspect, who remained crouched behind the car door.
The man did not comply with officers' demands to show his hands, and instead reached into the vehicle toward the center console, police said.
The officers opened fire a second time and the driver slumped over.
The 23-year-old man was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The 21-year-old passenger was struck by a bullet or shrapnel in the buttocks and was taken to a hospital to be treated.
A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded an "Airsoft" replica handgun and more than 50 ecstasy pills.
An investigation into the incident is under way by the Solano County District Attorney's Office and the Vallejo Police Department.
Both officers have been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to contact Vallejo Police Department at (800) 488-9383.Shoot first ask questions later. VALLEJO (CBS SF) — One man was killed and... more
Melissa Harris-Perry had what was probably her most passionate and intense television outburst ever when she delivered a fiery monologue about being poor in America on her Saturday show.
The moment occurred during a long segment on what Harris-Perry felt was the demonization of welfare recipients as "undeserving" of aid. She clashed repeatedly with guest Monica Mehta, labeled by the show as a business and finance expert.
Harris-Perry's frustration with Mehta rose perceptibly when Mehta said that welfare payments should not be "limitless."
"Limitless?!" Harris-Perry shot back. "The limits currently ... established under a Democratic president are appalling."
A few minutes later, Harris-Perry, referring to the debate about welfare recipients "deserving" aid, said, "I just feel like, from the bottom, you have to be able to say, 'I deserve the ability for class mobility.'"
"Which is funded by public education, by low-cost health care," guest Nancy Giles said. "Which is enabled by taking risks," Mehta cut in.
Slamming her hands down on her desk, Harris-Perry exploded:
"What is riskier than living poor in America? Seriously, what in the world is riskier than being a poor person in America? I live in a neighborhood where people are shot on my street corner. I live in a neighborhood where people have to figure out how to get their kid into school because maybe it'll be a good school and maybe it won't. I am sick of the idea that being wealthy is risky. No! There is a huge safety net that whenever you fail will catch you and catch you and catch you. Being poor is what is risky. We have to create a safety net for poor people. And when we won't, because they happen to look different from us, it is the pervasive ugliness! We cannot do that!"Melissa Harris-Perry had what was probably her most passionate and intense television... more
Offended RNC delegate objects to a person of Mexican descent working at an EPCOT Center "American" pavilionYou can't make this stuff up. These people have gone off the rails.
http://thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/mark-harris1.jpgYou can't make this stuff up. These people have gone off the rails.... more
From the article:
"...“The statements made by Mark and Irene Harris are uninformed and highly offensive,” said Snyder County Commissioner Joe Derk. “The Harrises’ comments show their ignorance as they cast judgment on someone they do not know. They do not speak for our county or party....”
They do speak for your party. When folks in your party see someone who is not of European decent, they assume he is a foreigner. People like Marco Rubio and Condaleeza Rice are exempted, because they've come to know them and they speak their language. But give them amnesia of these two people and let them see them on the street dressed more casually than you typically see and what do you think goes through their minds?From the article: "...“The statements made by Mark and Irene Harris are... more
By David Shuster / current.com / @DavidShuster
At first I couldn't believe it.
Around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday night a television cameraman I know here in Tampa described an "ugly" and "despicable incident" involving potential delegates at the Republican convention heckling a camera operator working for CNN on or near the floor.
According to this account, at least one or two GOP delegates or credentialed alternates began taunting the CNN staffer — an African American woman.
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And at some point, at least one or both GOP convention attendees tossed peanuts at the black camera op and said, "This is how we feed the animals."
The way the story was described to me, the CNN crew summoned security, which quickly identified the perpetrators of this incident and with the help of convention officials ejected the perpetrators from the arena.By David Shuster / current.com / @DavidShuster At first I couldn't believe it.... more
Two Republicans were removed from Tuesday night's convention activities after they threw nuts at a female African American camera operator while saying: "This is how we feed animals."
http://veracitystew.com/?p=41742Two Republicans were removed from Tuesday night's convention activities after... more
Republican Convention attendee throws peanuts at a black camerawoman, says, "this is how we feed animals"Unbelievable. Absolutely unbelievable.
David Shuster tweeted about this. At least they escorted the jerk out of the building.
No word if it was an actual Republican delegate.
(thanks to TG for the scoop)
http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/cnn-republican-convention-black-camerawoman.phpUnbelievable. Absolutely unbelievable. David Shuster tweeted about this. At least... more
This is simply another effort to paint President Obama as some sort of foreign other, some sort of alien usurper. I get so tired of talking about this crap because it’s so apparent what their game is. It’s a big heap of disgusting racism, with an unhealthy dose of deflection and projection thrown in for good measure.
http://veracitystew.com/?p=41711This is simply another effort to paint President Obama as some sort of foreign other,... more
During the event, Latino culture is stereotyped and mocked, with students dressing up in garb that is commonly associated with Latino people by those with anti-immigrant attitudes, such as sombreros, pregnant women pushing baby strollers, and even teardrop make up that is often associated with Latino gang members.
http://veracitystew.com/?p=41610During the event, Latino culture is stereotyped and mocked, with students dressing up... more