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January 16, 2008

"Spade Work"

Sometimes the dog whistle is heard at a lower frequency than intended. From our favorite pillhead:

Limbaugh:…Obama is holding his own against both of them–doing more than his share of the “spade? work. Maybe even gaining ground at the moment. Using not only the spade ladies and gentleman—that when he finishes with the “spade? in the garden of corruption planted by the Clinton’s, he turns to the “hoe.? And so the spade work and his expertise using a hoe.

October 11, 2007

Why Are Negroes So Good At Basketball? Because They Steal, Shoot And Run

So there was a tragic school shooting that happened the other day, what do you do? Why, if you are FAUX Nooze sockpuppet John Gibson, inject race into it of course!

GIBSON: Now why would there be guns in schools?

[audio clip -- 50 Cent's "Fully Loaded Clip"]

GIBSON: Well, that's my working theory, but, you know -- and, of course, because the school is very heavily African-American, I did leap to a conclusion.

ANGY RICH: What was that, John?

GIBSON: Well, that the shooter might have been African-American. Turns out it's a white guy.

. . .GIBSON: Angry Rich, you know why I knew that this -- through our afternoon of mystery wondering about the kid that was the shooter, I knew this was not a classic hip-hop shooting.

ANGRY RICH: How's that John?

GIBSON: He killed himself. Hip-hoppers do not kill themselves. They walk away. Now, I didn't need to hear the kid was white with blond hair. Once he'd shot himself in the head, no hip-hopper.

ANGRY RICH: So it's not a classic hip-hop --

GIBSON: It's not even close. I mean it's whatever he is, and it's clear to me that this gun culture right now primarily promoted by hip-hop music --

[rap clip]

GIBSON: "I bought a brand new gun today. I'm gonna shoot you in the face." This culture has even reached the school campus. We're not in the Kip Kinkel era of school shootings anymore; it has changed. Yes, I know the shooter was white. I knew it as soon as he shot himself. Hip-hoppers don't do that. They shoot and move on to shoot again. Triple-8, 788-9910. I know there's a few of you who want to call me racist. But when you do, remind -- let me remind you, African-Americans are dying in major cities because people won't face this problem. Gibson on Fox.

Hmm, and he wonders why folks are desensitized to violence upon black people. When white kids get shot up in schools, it's a national tragedy. When black kids die, it must be because of their hip-hopping jungle music rap.

July 31, 2007

George Bush Don't Black/Women/Disabled/Religious/Etc People

Congress today passed a bill that would reverse the Alito Court's infamous ruling on Ledbetter vs. Goodyear. Bush has threatened to veto the bill that protects against pay discrimination.

And along the mainstream media landscape, crickets are chirping.

(via Atrios)

July 25, 2007

Lucky Duckies

You may lose your house, but at least you aren't like the Joads.

(via Atrios)

July 10, 2007

Another Man On Death Row Freed After Belated DNA Tests

Guess what race he is.

So when is that prosecutor going to be put under criminal investigation like Nifong.

June 27, 2007

High Class Nuttery

Johan Hari writing in The New Republican went undercover at the cruise hosted by the National Review. As Digby explains, what he heard aboard that cruise is not far removed what is heard in a random Klan gathering.

The animating idea behind all of this is, as one would expect, racism. Arabs ("Muslims") and Mexicans will have to suffice since hating Jews and Blacks is temporarily inconvenient, but it's all the same.
Several days later, the nautical counter-revolution has docked in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where passengers will clamber overboard into a nation they want to wall off behind a 1,000-mile fence. One expresses horror at my intention to find a local street kid to show me around, exclaiming, "Do you want to die?" D'Souza summarizes the prevailing sentiment by unveiling what he modestly calls "D'Souza's law of immigration": An immigrant's quality is "proportional to the distance traveled to get to the United States." In other words: Asians trump Latinos.

. . .The table nods solemnly before marching onward to Topic A: the billion-strong swarm of Muslims who are poised to take over the world. The idea that Europe is being "taken over" is the unifying theme of this cruise. Some people go on singles' cruises, some on ballroom-dancing cruises. This is the Muslims Are Coming cruise. Everyone thinks it. Everyone knows it. And the man most responsible for this insight is sitting only a few tables down: Mark Steyn. He is wearing sunglasses on top of his head and a bright shirt. Steyn's thesis in his new book, America Alone, is simple: The "European races"--i.e., white people--"are too self-absorbed to breed," but the Muslims are multiplying quickly. The inevitable result will be "large-scale evacuation operations circa 2015" as Europe is ceded to Al Qaeda and "Greater France remorselessly evolve[s] into Greater Bosnia." He offers a light smearing of dubious demographic figures--he needs to turn 20 million European Muslims into more than 150 million in nine years, which is a lot of humping--to "prove" his case.

But facts, figures, and doubt are not on the itinerary of this cruise. With one or two exceptions, the passengers discuss "the Muslims" as a homogenous, sharia-seeking block--already with near-total control of Europe. Over the week, I am asked nine times--I counted--when I am fleeing Europe's encroaching Muslim population for the safety of the United States.

Gee, that "D'Souza's law of immigration" is certainly convenient for Dinesh D'Souza, right?

June 12, 2007

That's Mighty White. . . Er. . . Blackface Of Them

Remember when the various commentators and political analysts refer to the "fundamentalist vote" or "Christian voters", they really mean white Christians since blacks Christians have no use for Republicans or their agenda. Hispanics might be a different story, but lately they've moved away from the radical right fueled by these bigots. From UrbanKnowledge:

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Are Whites still putting on blackface? Yes, right in our back yard--Riverdale, CA. White men and women had 'brown faces' depicting slaves during the Civil War at Riverdale Christian Academy's Senior Prom & 2007 Graduation Celebration. The skits and characters were part of the entertainment.

. . .The really sad part about this situation is that characters were performed at a church-sponsored event as the Academy is under Riverdale Assembly of God. Just when we think the we have truly begun the reconciliation process between the Church of God in Christ-COGIC and The Assembly of God (Assembly of God member-churches were originally a part of COGIC until they broke off in 1914 to establish a predominately-White denomination), we see that many still need deliverance from racism and prejudice.

. . .This is not merely a theatrical production emulating fictional characters, but a purposeful demonstration of disregard for the seriousness of the black American slave experience. It trivializes slavery, it celebrates the ungodly and unfounded Biblical justification of this Era (similar reasoning used in stripping land for Native Americans and the encampment of Japanese-Americans during WW II), and further characterizes rural and small town America as unwelcoming to people of color.

More pictures at the blogpost, including my favorite, the one depicting a runaway slave being picked up by a bounty hunter:

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Classy folks, they are.

June 7, 2007

Ron Paul Is A Republican

Seems like every time Republican candidates debate, there is no shortage of liberals who should know better that heap praises upon Ron Paul for his admittedly sensible positions on foreign policy.

But Ron Paul is NOT one of us. His views on domestic policies paint him as a Republican, and not the stern but reasonable Eisenhower Republicanism, but the Nixonian, Lee Atwater-like "Southern Strategy" Republicanism that has defined much of the modern era:

Texas congressional candidate Ron Paul's 1992 political newsletter highlighted portrayals of blacks as inclined toward crime and lacking sense about top political issues.

Under the headline of "Terrorist Update," for instance, Paul reported on gang crime in Los Angeles and commented, "If you have ever been robbed by a black teen-aged male, you know how unbelievably fleet-footed they can be."

. . .Paul, writing in his independent political newsletter in 1992, reported about unspecified surveys of blacks.

"Opinion polls consistently show that only about 5 percent of blacks have sensible political opinions, i.e. support the free market, individual liberty and the end of welfare and affirmative action,"Paul wrote.

Paul continued that politically sensible blacks are outnumbered "as decent people." Citing reports that 85 percent of all black men in the District of Columbia are arrested, Paul wrote:

"Given the inefficiencies of what D.C. laughingly calls the `criminal justice system,' I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal," Paul said.

Paul also wrote that although "we are constantly told that it is evil to be afraid of black men, it is hardly irrational. Black men commit murders, rapes, robberies, muggings and burglaries all out of proportion to their numbers."

Writing in the same 1992 edition, Paul expressed the popular idea that government should lower the age at which accused juvenile criminals can be prosecuted as adults.

He added, "We don't think a child of 13 should be held responsible as a man of 23. That's true for most people, but black males age 13 who have been raised on the streets and who have joined criminal gangs are as big, strong, tough, scary and culpable as any adult and should be treated as such."

Yes, let's vote in David Duke as president. Sixty percent of white Louisianans can't be wrong.

June 1, 2007

Only 17 Percent Of Americans Are Against The Commingling Of The Races

Well, at least now we don't have to worry about that old time classical racism anymore, unless those estimated 40 million whites who answered in the negative decide to go against the 35 million total blacks.

What's really surprising is that as recently as 1988, less than half of whites still disapprove of interracial dating. I knew the racial enviroment was pretty awful during that time, but I had no idea it was that bad.

Shorter Bill O'Reilly And John McCain: "Rahowa!"

Bill-O, once again, has been caught slipping over his apoplexy over the "immi-gants" and has revealed his true colors:

Bill O'Reilly: But do you understand what the New York Times wants, and the far-left want? They want to break down the white, Christian, male power structure, which you're a part, and so am I, and they want to bring in millions of foreign nationals to basically break down the structure that we have. In that regard, Pat Buchanan is right. So I say you've got to cap with a number.

John McCain: In America today we've got a very strong economy and low unemployment, so we need addition farm workers, including by the way agriculture, but there may come a time where we have an economic downturn, and we don't need so many.

[crosstalk]

O'Reilly: But in this bill, you guys have got to cap it. Because estimation is 12 million, there may be 20 [million]. You don't know, I don't know. We've got to cap it.

McCain: We do, we do. I agree with you.

Actually, he wasn't slipping, he actually believes in his crusade to protect the interests of the poor, oppressed white males. If this were the 1850's, I'll guarantee you my left eyeball that both O'Reilly and McCain would quickly change their tune concerning the immigration debates they had during that time.

You all can see it for yourself in all its glory:

May 28, 2007

In Any Other Country, There Would Be Mobs In The Street Wielding Pitchforks

Not here though, people still cling to that useful fiction that if you work hard and play by the rules, you will get rewarded:

American men in their 30s today are worse off than their fathers' generation, a reversal from just a decade ago, when sons generally were better off than their fathers, a new study finds.

The study, the first in a series on economic mobility undertaken by several prominent think tanks, also says the typical American family's income has lagged far behind productivity growth since 2000, a departure from most of the post-World War II period.

The findings suggest "the up escalator that has historically ensured that each generation would do better than the last may not be working very well," says the study, which is scheduled for release today. The study was written principally by John Morton of the Pew Charitable Trusts, which is leading the series, called the Economic Mobility Project, and Isabel Sawhill of the Brookings Institution. Other participating think tanks are the Heritage Foundation, American Enterprise Institute and the Urban Institute. (See the study.)

In 2004, the median income for a man in his 30s, a good predictor of his lifetime earnings, was $35,010, the study says, 12% less than for men in their 30s in 1974 -- their fathers' generation -- adjusted for inflation. A decade ago, median income for men in their 30s was $32,901, 5% higher than 30 years earlier. Ms. Sawhill said she isn't sure why men's wages have stagnated. "It seems there's been some slowdown in economic growth, it's possible that the movement of women into the labor force has affected male earnings, and it's possible that men are not working as hard as they used to."

. . .The report also found that between 1947 and 1974, productivity, or output per hour, and median family income, adjusted for inflation, both roughly doubled. Between 1974 and 2000, productivity rose 56% while income rose 29%. Between 2000 and 2005, productivity rose 16% while median income fell 2%, challenging "the notion that a rising tide will lift all boats," the report says.

And those Wall Street cheerleaders are simply flabberghasted as to why people aren't as happy as they are that rich people are becoming richer. Well, here you go.

May 26, 2007

Anderson Cooper Can Shove It

Back when I first saw Anderson Cooper's sensationalized and almost context-free 60 Minutes report on the so-called Stop Snitchin' campaign, I didn't really want to comment on it because it is the type of media dreck that should not get any more attention than it deserves. Apparently the gist of the report is that black communities have all of a sudden stop reporting crimes to cops because they have been influenced by rappers like Cam'Ron, and also by thugs and drug dealers, against talking to the police. Although some of the interviewees tried to get the real story out, they have been silenced by Cooper's larger narrative. In other words, typical garbage from the white establishment media.

But then today comes Bob Herbert, that New York Times columnist who usually indulges in writing missives steeped in bleeding-heart platitudes that preaches to the choir but is unpersuasive to those that hold differing views, comes out with one of those rare columns that justifies his place in the punditocracy:

No one is paying much attention, but parts of New York City are like a police state for young men, women and children who happen to be black or Hispanic. They are routinely stopped, searched, harassed, intimidated, humiliated and, in many cases, arrested for no good reason.

. . .Last Monday in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, about three dozen grieving young people on their way to a wake for a teenage friend who had been murdered were surrounded by the police, cursed at, handcuffed and ordered into paddy wagons. They were taken to the 83rd precinct stationhouse, where several were thrown into jail.

Leana Matia, an 18-year-old student at John Jay College, was one of those taken into custody. “We were walking toward the train station to take the L train when all these cops just swooped in on us,? she said. “They cursed us out and pushed the guys. And then they handcuffed us. We kept asking, ‘What are you doing?’ ?

Children as young as 13 were among those swept up by the cops. Two of them, including 16-year-old Lamel Carter, were the children of police officers. Some of the youngsters were carrying notes from school saying that they were allowed to be absent to attend the wake. There is no evidence that I’ve been able to find — other than uncorroborated statements by the police — that the teenagers were misbehaving in any way.

Everyone was searched, but nothing unlawful was found — no weapons, no marijuana or other drugs. Some of the kids were told at the scene that they were being seized because they had assembled unlawfully. “I didn’t know what unlawful assembly was,? said Kumar Singh, 18, who was among those arrested.

According to the police, the youngsters at the scene were on a rampage, yelling and blocking traffic. That does not seem to be the truth.

I spoke individually to several of the youngsters, to the principal of Bushwick Community High School (where a number of the kids are students), to a parent who was at the scene, and others. Nowhere was there even a hint of the chaos described by the police. Every account that I was able to find described a large group of youngsters, very sad and downcast about the loss of their friend, walking peacefully toward the station.

. . .Capt. Scott Henderson of the 83rd Precinct told me that the police had developed a “plan? to deal with youngsters going to the wake because they suspected that the murder was gang-related and there had already been some retaliation. He said he had personally witnessed the youngsters in Bushwick behaving badly and gave the order to arrest them.

Many of the kids were wearing white T-shirts with a picture of the dead teenager and the letters “R.I.P.? on them. The cops cited the T-shirts as evidence of gang membership.

Thirty-two of the youngsters were arrested. Most were charged with unlawful assembly and disorderly conduct. Several were held in jail overnight.

On Cooper's broadcast, he interviews a group of black schoolchildren. One of them, a boy named Alex, tells Cooper distinctly that he doesn't trust the police precisely because he has been profiled by them too many times. If Anderson Cooper had any talent for real journalism other than a "rap artists are violent" story, he might have explored that angle of the story even deeper and entirely abandoned the vanities, plutolatires and fake machisimos of the corporate rappers.

But instead Cooper took that grievous fact about black experience as a given and has decided to spin the story in a way that blames the victims. In case Anderson Cooper and the rest of country recognize that the distrust of the police predates any type of rap music and is based on gross miscarriages of justice like the one highlighted by Bob Herbert, nothing will be done even if we get rid of all the Cam'Rons of the world.

May 17, 2007

Black Kid + Closely Cropped Haircut = Suspension

Yes, Pamela, it's about race. Black kids have had their hairs closely shaved since God knows when, and it hasn't become a problem until now. The school administrators could have easily used discretion on this matter, but instead have decided to be needlessly punitive. Remember, we still live in a country where black kids get in trouble for getting the answer right.

Quit Lying About The SATs

Paul Butler of Blackprof.com means well in his post addressing Barack Obama's answer to George Stephanopolous 's question about affirmative action for wealthy black folks this past Sunday, but he should really stop propogating the myth that middle-class blacks do worse on the SATs than poor whites. While the average SAT scores seem to suggest that fact, it also says that almost every middle-class blacks take the test while very few poor whites take that test. In fact, more poor blacks take the test than poor white students, which means that the scores of poor whites taking the SATs represents a HIGHLY biased sample of those who know full well they want to go to college and have prepared themselves, while the sample of blacks taking the SATs represent something of a must do since a lot of them know that college is the only way to get themselves ahead in this country.

May 12, 2007

"He's No More Racist Than Any White Male"

College professor exposes a truth in his quest to defend a congressman who quoted a KKK Grand Wizard on the House floor.

April 27, 2007

Imus Gets Canned, Limbaugh Stays

And the corporate media and the political elite remain oblivious.

Digging For Obama's Race Problem

I wonder how Steve Sailer would treat Barack Obama if the latter swore up and down that he is whiter than a winter in Aspen? To his face, he'd probably pet him on his fuzzy head and tell him "good boy", while in private he'd tell his friends, "Can you believe that mule-atto? Heh!"

April 24, 2007

Why I Hate Georgia IV

Yeah, I kinda figured I was in a different world when a white classmate of mine called a black girl a "nigger" in front of everybody, reducing her to tears, and he never suffered any repercussions. And this was back in 1995, not exactly the Dark Ages, for the rest of us anyways. But that was Athens, a college town, home of the University of Georgia Bull Dawgs, so it's just slightly less cosmopolitan than 'Lana. In Billyland, however, it gets a lot worse:

ASHBURN, Georgia (CNN) -- Students of Turner County High School started what they hope will become a new tradition: Black and white students attended the prom together for the first time on Saturday.

In previous years, parents had organized private, segregated dances for students of the school in rural Ashburn, Georgia, 160 miles south of Atlanta.

"Whites always come to this one and blacks always go to this one," said Lacey Adkinson, a 14-year-old freshman at the school of 455 students -- 55 percent black, 43 percent white.


April 20, 2007

Tim Wise On Don Imus

Tim Wise has finally put out a long awaited column, and as usual he doesn't disappoint. He pretty much hits the nail on the head early on in the essay, an observation that is typically missing from the usual commentary:

One thing has been made clear by the Imus incident: namely, white folks are incapable of blaming other whites for white racism and racist behavior. Despite all the demands by whites that blacks take "personal responsibility" for their lives, their behaviors, and the problems that often beset their communities--and especially that they stop blaming whites for their station in life--the fact is, we can't wait to blame someone else when we, or one of ours, screws up. So please note, from virtually every corner of the white media (and from black conservatives who are quick to let whites off the hook no matter what we do), the conversation has shifted from Imus's racism to a full-scale assault on rap music and hip-hop. In other words, it's those black people's fault when one of ours calls them a name. After all, they do it themselves, and Imus can't be expected not to say "ho" if Ice Cube has done it. At this point, I'm halfway expecting to hear Bill O'Reilly say that white folks wouldn't have even heard words like nigger if it weren't for 50 Cent.

Yep. We always hear about how blacks as a group can't take personal responsibility for their violent booty-shaking hip-hop jungle music, but Don Imus is treated as a special case and not a product of a white-owned media empire that fails to be sensitive to racism.

Tim Wise also says something that I have been meaning to say for a while about this controversy:

But blaming rap is not only conveniently opportunistic, and intellectually dishonest, given all the pandering about personal responsibility. It also ignores the reasons why rap music sometimes--though not as uniformly as some seem to believe--peddles images of violence, or lyrics that are sexist. After all, if eighty percent of all rap music purchases are made by whites (and that is the conventional wisdom), then white consumers must be responding, via their purchases, to an already held impression of black people. Without such a pre-existing mental schema firmly in place, the images of blacks as gangstas, pimps, dealers and "hos" wouldn't resonate nearly so much as to make possible billions of dollars of sales annually. In other words, perhaps whites need to consider the possibility that the thug image has been marketable, and thus created a financial incentive for black artists to play to that trope because these images comport with the negative things that much of white America believes about blacks in the first place. Things which they believed, it should be noted, long before Cool Herc threw his first house party in the Bronx.

If white folks were interested in buying CDs by rap artists who sang about radical social transformation and community uplift--and yes there are many, many such artists out there--then that's the music that would be churned out in larger numbers. But white consumers aren't, by and large, looking to buy songs about overthrowing the system from which we benefit. White boys in the stale and lifeless 'burbs would rather listen to songs about guns and drugs, and being a thug, through which music they can live a more exciting life, if only in their fantasies. So in the ultimate irony, it is white buyers who make that kind of rap profitable, but instead of asking for any responsibility from them, we blame the artists for doing what they're supposed to do in a capitalist system, which is respond to market demand, no matter the social consequences. Naturally, of course, it isn't capitalism that gets the blame--a thoroughly European creation that has brought misery to millions, as did state socialism (another issue from the womb of Europe)--but rather, the black folks who have taken the bait offered by the market system. Even better is to read Cal Thomas's column from this week, in which he blamed liberal values and permissiveness for the coarseness of rap music, rather than the values trumpeted by the right, like profit-making.

Actually, the data shows that the percentage of those who buy rap albums are as high as 75 percent or as low as 60 percent. But the fact of the matter is that whites still maintain the singular power to influence the hip-hop market, and the result is the prevalence of violent, mysoginistic music that is laced in greedy opulence. I recently saw a documentary on PBS where hundreds of aspiring rap artists are lined up outside a recording company competing for a deal. Nearly all of them are spitting the same old "hard" lyrics that is the staple of today's hip-hop, but when asked by the interviewer why they can't be more positive, all were unanimous in saying that the suits refuse to hear anything other than gangsta violence, money and hos. Which brings us to the lesson that the same media companies that have brought us Don Imus are the exact same media companies that gave us today's rap music. The fact that the black community is to blame for that phenomenon is absurd. At worst, some have entirely internalized the trash they hear and see.

April 19, 2007

Parallel Justice Systems Still Exists

But it's not about race - really!

HOUSTON -- After spending a year behind bars, Shaquanda Cotton walked out of a central Texas youth prison Saturday pretty much like many 15-year-olds would: eager for a hug from her mom and pining for a Big Mac.

So McDonald's was the first stop for the soft-spoken black teenager, who was abruptly released by Texas officials after nationwide civil rights protests erupted over her sentence of up to 7 years for shoving a teacher's aide at her high school.

"I feel like I have a second chance," she said, moments after devouring her hamburger. "I'm going to be a better person now. I'm a good person, but I want to be a better person."

. . .At the heart of the controversy, which exploded across hundreds of Internet blogs and then scores of newspapers and radio and TV stations in the last three weeks, was the seeming severity of the teenager's sentence for an offense that caused no documentable injury to the teacher's aide.

Three months before Cotton, who had no prior criminal record, was sentenced by Paris Judge Chuck Superville in March, 2006, to up to seven years in youth prison for the shoving incident, Superville sentenced a 14-year-old white girl convicted of the more serious crime of arson to probation. Later, when the white teenager violated her probation, Superville gave her yet another chance and declined to send her to prison. Only when the youth violated her probation a second time did the judge order her locked up.

School officials, the Paris district attorney and the judge have all strongly denied that race played a role in the prosecution and sentencing of Cotton. But her case has coincided with an ongoing investigation of the Paris school district by the U.S. Department of Education, which is examining allegations that the district systemically discriminates against black students by disciplining them more frequently

April 13, 2007

From "Rough Girls" To "Fragile Flowers

Oy vey iz mir, these wingnut clowns.

April 12, 2007

Tony Blair's Imus Moment

So finally Great Britain has a black problem. I am just so proud:

Tony Blair yesterday claimed the spate of knife and gun murders in London was not being caused by poverty, but a distinctive black culture. His remarks angered community leaders, who accused him of ignorance and failing to provide support for black-led efforts to tackle the problem.

. . .Giving the Callaghan lecture in Cardiff, the prime minister admitted he had been "lurching into total frankness" in the final weeks of his premiership. He called on black people to lead the fight against knife crime. He said that "the black community - the vast majority of whom in these communities are decent, law abiding people horrified at what is happening - need to be mobilised in denunciation of this gang culture that is killing innocent young black kids".

Mr Blair said he had been moved to make his controversial remarks after speaking to a black pastor of a London church at a Downing Street knife crime summit, who said: "When are we going to start saying this is a problem amongst a section of the black community and not, for reasons of political correctness, pretend that this is nothing to do with it?" Mr Blair said there needed to be an "intense police focus" on the minority of young black Britons behind the gun and knife attacks. The laws on knife and gun gangs needed to be toughened and the ringleaders "taken out of circulation".

Strange, these are the same population of blacks that conservatives in this country are always putting on a pedestal when comparing against native-born blacks. Oh well, an underclass is an underclass.

April 11, 2007

"B-But Al Sharpton. . ."

Any moron who says that Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are hypocrites because they don't criticize rap music obviously never listen to both those people unless they says something that annoys them. Both Sharpton and Jackson have lambasted rap music for years, and let's not forget Sharpton's little crusade against a certain Boondocks cartoon more than a year ago.

Update: Since it was too much work for various commentators to depress their fingers a couple times on their mouse's right-hand button and use a search engine, Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog does it for them:

...an anti-rap movement ... began in March [2005], soon after shots were fired by the rival entourages of 50 Cent and the Game outside a New York radio station. Al Sharpton demanded that the Federal Communications Commission ban violent rappers from radio and television, and he launched a boycott against Universal Music Group, which he accused of "peddling racist and misogynistic black stereotypes" through rap music. Sharpton expressed special concern about white perceptions of African Americans. Rappers and their corporate supporters "make it easy for black culture to be dismissed by the majority," he said, and the large white fan base "has learned through rap images to identify black male culture with a culture of violence."

Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition signed on to the boycott....

(via Digby)

April 10, 2007

Jigaboos vs. Wannabes

Atrios has the right idea in putting up the extended version of the exchange that has put Don Imus in the doghouse:

IMUS: So, I watched the basketball game last night between -- a little bit of Rutgers and Tennessee, the women's final.

ROSENBERG: Yeah, Tennessee won last night -- seventh championship for [Tennessee coach] Pat Summitt, I-Man. They beat Rutgers by 13 points.

IMUS: That's some rough girls from Rutgers. Man, they got tattoos and --

McGUIRK: Some hard-core hos.

IMUS: That's some nappy-headed hos there. I'm gonna tell you that now, man, that's some -- woo. And the girls from Tennessee, they all look cute, you know, so, like -- kinda like -- I don't know.

McGUIRK: A Spike Lee thing.

IMUS: Yeah.

McGUIRK: The Jigaboos vs. the Wannabes -- that movie that he had.

IMUS: Yeah, it was a tough --

McCORD: Do The Right Thing.

McGUIRK: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

IMUS: I don't know if I'd have wanted to beat Rutgers or not, but they did, right?

ROSENBERG: It was a tough watch. The more I look at Rutgers, they look exactly like the Toronto Raptors.

IMUS: Well, I guess, yeah.

RUFFINO: Only tougher.

McGUIRK: The [Memphis] Grizzlies would be more appropriate.

Yep, while the media is obsessing over the term "nappy headed hos" they are ignoring how racially tinged the whole conversation is. Even to the point that Imus allows a even more invidious (if not as widely known) racial slur to be used on his program.

BTW, I can't exactly put my finger on why Imus and his gang chose to single out the Rutger's team for derogation. Perhaps some of you out there can help me:

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Building A Stratified Society

Remember this whenever someone complains about affirmative action:

College freshmen wealthier, study says

By James M. O'Neill, Bloomberg | April 10, 2007

U.S. college freshmen are wealthier than at any point in the past 35 years, and the income gap is widening between their families and the rest of the nation, a study indicates.

This academic year's entering class came from families with income 60 percent greater than the national median, as tuition increases shut out lower-income students, the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in a report Monday. The gap was 46 percent in 1971, according to the study of more than 8 million students over 40 years.

The findings, based on the biggest and longest-running survey of college students, may buttress criticism from members of Congress over the increasing cost of a college education. Tuition and fees have risen 35 percent so far this decade at public four-year institutions and 11 percent at their private counterparts, the researchers said, citing College Board figures.

"Students from wealthier families can endure greater fluctuations in 'sticker price' than poorer students," José Luis Santos, a UCLA professor and co-author of the report, said in a statement. "As a result, more students entering college come from homes that are increasingly wealthier than the national median income."


April 9, 2007

Another Hazard Of Outsourcing

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I just gotta say, the woman in the story is just being too sensitive [/racial rationalizer]:

When the new chocolate-coloured sofa set was delivered to her Brampton home, Doris Moore was stunned to see packing labels describing the shade as "Nigger-brown."

She and husband Douglas purchased a sofa, loveseat and chair in dark brown leather last week from Vanaik Furniture and Mattress store on Dundas St. E.

Moore, 30, who describes herself as an African-American born and raised in New York, said it was her 7-year-old daughter who pointed out the label just after delivery men from the Mississauga furniture store left.

"She's very curious and she started reading the labels," Moore explained. "She said, `Mommy, what is nig ... ger brown?' I went over and just couldn't believe my eyes."

She said yesterday each piece had a similar label affixed to the woven protective covering wrapped around the furniture.

"In this day and age, that's totally unacceptable," Moore said.

. . .Moore said she called the furniture store the following day and three other times since, and feels discouraged that no one has returned her calls.

When interviewed yesterday by the Star, Romesh Kumar, Vanaik's assistant manager, passed the buck to his supplier, Cosmos Furniture in Scarborough.

"Why should I take the blame?" he said. "I'm a trader, I don't manufacture. I sell from 20 companies, maybe 50 companies. How can I take care of all of them?"

He said that he would check similar stock and make sure other labels were removed.

"That's terrible, that's a racial ... something?" Kumar said. "This is entirely wrong, but it's not my fault. It's my job to sell good product to people."

He said the best he could do is to give Moore the telephone number of his supplier, so she could take it up with him.

The owner of Cosmos Furniture, Paul Kumar, no relation to Romesh, said he was upset to learn packing labels on products he sold carried a racial epithet.

"I import my products from overseas," he said. "I've never noticed anything like that. This is something new to me."

He passed the blame to a Chinese company, but apologized for the labels. He said he would contact the furniture maker in Guangzhou and demand they remove all similar labels.

April 6, 2007

Goodling Resigns

Looks like when she realized that she can't really plead the fifth while acting as an official in the Justice Department, so she decided she has a better chance at immunity if she becomes a private citizen.

Problem solved.

March 29, 2007

Goddamn Low-Wage Workers Are Earning Too Much

Apparently, if you don't get paid like Wal-Mart workers, you are being overpaid:

RICHMOND, Va. — Circuit City Stores (CC) said Wednesday that it plans to cut costs by laying off 3,400 store associates and hiring lower-paid workers to replace them and by trimming about 130 corporate jobs. Circuit City, the nation's No. 2 consumer electronics retailer behind Best Buy (BBY), will lay off store workers it said were earning "well above the market-based salary range for their role" and replace them with employees who will be paid at the current market range, the company said in a news release.

"We are taking a number of aggressive actions to improve our cost and expense structure, which will better position us for improved and sustainable returns in today's marketplace," said Philip J. Schoonover, Circuit City's chief executive.

The company also plans to outsource its information-technology infrastructure operations to IBM, a move that is expected to cut IT expenses by more than 16%. About 50 of Circuit City's IT workers will move to jobs with IBM and remain on the Circuit City contract. The other 80 corporate positions will be cut.

Welcome to the new service economy, kids, where unions are corrupt, but whatever the corporations do is A-OK.

And what are the new stipulations of the service economy? Check it out:

Income inequality grew significantly in 2005, with the top 1 percent of Americans — those with incomes that year of more than $348,000 — receiving their largest share of national income since 1928, analysis of newly released tax data shows.

. . .While total reported income in the United States increased almost 9 percent in 2005, the most recent year for which such data is available, average incomes for those in the bottom 90 percent dipped slightly compared with the year before, dropping $172, or 0.6 percent.

The gains went largely to the top 1 percent, whose incomes rose to an average of more than $1.1 million each, an increase of more than $139,000, or about 14 percent.

The new data also shows that the top 300,000 Americans collectively enjoyed almost as much income as the bottom 150 million Americans. Per person, the top group received 440 times as much as the average person in the bottom half earned, nearly doubling the gap from 1980.


March 21, 2007

It's Hard Being A Millionare

Oh cry me a fucking river:

Being a millionaire just isn't the same these days

NEW YORK (AP) -- Renee Weese has reached an enviable goal -- she's become a millionaire. But like many others whose net worth has risen in recent years to seven figures, she doesn't feel particularly wealthy.

Not that long ago, the word "millionaire" conjured up visions of chauffeured limousines and extravagant shopping trips and elegant yachts. These days, a millionaire is more likely to be the guy or gal next door who saved carefully -- and perhaps benefited from the sharp run-up in housing prices -- but still worries about covering the exploding costs of children's educations, caring for aging parents and funding their own retirements.

Weese, 51, of Atlanta, Georgia, credits her good financial fortune to good-paying jobs and windfalls when her startup insurance company went public and, later, when it was taken over by a bigger insurer. Still, Weese worries about how far the money will go.

As she puts it: "I know I have more money than a lot of people do. But I don't feel I can sit back on my heels. I have lots of years ahead of me, and elderly parents I help financially a bit, and kids and grandkids."

Hell, if it's THAT tough, I'm willing to trade my negative wealth for your "problems."

Christ, when will we stop with this plutolatry?

Thank You, David Ehrenstein

Because you have made a conscious decision to get hung up over Barack Obama's race in the way you never did for any other Democratic candidate running for president (except, perhaps, for Al Sharpton) you have given certain racist pillheads on the radical reich the plausible deniability to make fun of Obama based on his skin color.

I've said over and over again, Obama's problem is not with black voters, it's with white voters. If a ham sandwich was running as a Democrat, blacks would vote for it in droves, which is understandable considering the cavemen occupying the Republic party. The "he's not black enough" canard is just an excuse for commentators to race racial analysis without impugning the racial innocence of white people. Let it go NOW.

March 11, 2007

20/20 Finally Does Something Useful

The newsmagazine 20/20 has for a long time given itself to covering fluff pieces and nonsensical snifflings by that reporter-savant John Stossel, but now we see that it did something for the social good for a change:

March 10, 2007 — Its official: Tyrone Brown, the man sentenced to life in prison for violating probation with a single marijuana cigarette, will be a free man.

ABC News' "20/20" documented this story in November 2006. Brown is African American, poor and without connections. His harsh sentence was contrasted with the mercy shown a white criminal who murdered someone, then repeatedly violated his parole with cocaine.

The privileged criminal, who was the son of a Baptist minister and the brother-in-law of a U.S. congressman, was never sent to jail, and now even his probation has been lifted.

Brown was involved in an armed robbery that yielded $2. He, too, was first sentenced to probation, but when he violated it just once with a marijuana joint, he was sentenced to life. He has served 17 years.Both men were sentenced by the same judge, Keith Dean.

. . .After the "20/20" report, Dallas voters ousted Dean from the bench, and Friday Tyrone Brown was granted a "conditional pardon" by Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

March 5, 2007

"A Civilized Tribe"

While some denial queens try to downplay the effects that slavery and racism has had on our country, apparently it is still easier to hate the Black Man than to stand up for what's right:

CHEROKEES will expel descendants of black slaves they once owned, a move that has exposed the unsavoury role played by some Native Americans during the Civil War and renewed accusations of racism against the tribe. Members of the Cherokee Nation, the second-largest Native American tribe, voted yesterday by 77 per cent to 23 per cent in a special poll to amend their constitution and limit citizenship to those listed as "Cherokee by blood". The move stripped tribal membership from freedmen - those descended from slaves - and blacks who were married to Cherokees. They have enjoyed full citizenship rights for 141 years. Opponents denounced it as a racist plot to deny tribal revenue - including $US22billion ($37billion) a year from casino takings for all US tribes - to those not deemed full-blood Cherokee, and to block them from claiming a slice of the tribal pie.

Supporters say it was a long overdue move by Cherokees to determine their own tribal make-up. Freedmen were granted full tribal membership under an 1866 treaty that the tribe was essentially forced to sign with the US government after the Civil War.

So does that mean the tribe will expell EVERY non full-blooded Cherokee from their fold just like the "freedmen"? Oh no no no my friend, this is where the legacy of defining blacks as three-fifths as a human kicks in:

The vote limits citizenship to those who can trace their heritage to a "Cherokee by blood" list, part of the Dawes Rolls census created by Congress in 1906.

Under that census, anybody with even a trace of African-American blood was placed on the freedmen roll. Those with full Cherokee or mixed white and Cherokee ancestry, even if seventh-eighths white, were put on the "Cherokee by blood" roll.

Today about 25,000 of the 270,000 Cherokees are descendants of freedmen, but the tribe is growing rapidly, with 1000 new citizens a month entitled to a share of the $US350 million annual budget.

Those in favour of expelling the freedmen have said that, without the vote, thousands more descendants will seek tribal membership to cash in on its revenue and welfare network.

So not only is it plain-as-day racism in allowing mostly-white Cherokees to cash into the gambling revenues, it's also simple greed in order keep their share of the pie as large as possible.

March 2, 2007

Liberal Media Reaches Past 1865 To Find Skeletons In Obama's Closet

Well, turns out Barak Obama's white mother had ancestors that owned slaves. You hear that Black Amerca? Not only is Obama not black enough, his people once owned y'all!

Update: Just so you know how tone-death of history this "revelation" is, try finding any black person descended from slaves that DIDN'T have any slave-holding ancestors, because of all the, you know, rapes and stuff.

60 Percent Of Americans Are Commie Socialists

So sez New York Times:

A majority of Americans say the federal government should guarantee health insurance to every American, especially children, and are willing to pay higher taxes to do it, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

. . .The poll found Americans across party lines willing to make some sacrifice to ensure that every American has access to health insurance. Sixty percent, including 62 percent of independents and 46 percent of Republicans, said they would be willing to pay more in taxes. Half said they would be willing to pay as much as $500 a year more.

Nearly 8 in 10 said they thought it was more important to provide universal access to health insurance than to extend the tax cuts of recent years; 18 percent said the tax cuts were more important.

“I wouldn’t want to pay a lot of taxes, but if it was spread out and everyone paid their fair share, it would be fine,? said Don Galvan, 50, a computer programmer from Ringwood, N.J., who considers himself an independent. “Everybody should have some kind of medical coverage, in case they or their children get sick. Especially children.?

Perhaps we might get a supermajority once stories like this hits the airwaves:

Twelve-year-old Deamonte Driver died of a toothache Sunday.

A routine, $80 tooth extraction might have saved him.

If his mother had been insured.

If his family had not lost its Medicaid.

If Medicaid dentists weren’t so hard to find.

If his mother hadn’t been focused on getting a dentist for his brother, who had six rotted teeth.

By the time Deamonte’s own aching tooth got any attention, the bacteria from the abscess had spread to his brain, doctors said. After two operations and more than six weeks of hospital care, the Prince George’s County boy died.

February 27, 2007

Whaddaya Know? Obama IS Black Enough

Yes, the polls done this early before the primaries are almost worth one of the phone calls needed to conduct those polls. But I hope this puts to rest the echo-chamber meme about Barack Obama somehow alienating blacks:

The opening stages of the campaign for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination have produced a noticeable shift in sentiment among African American voters, who little more than a month ago heavily supported Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton but now favor the candidacy of Sen. Barack Obama.

Clinton, of New York, continues to lead Obama and other rivals in the Democratic contest, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll. But her once-sizable margin over the freshman senator from Illinois was sliced in half during the past month largely because of Obama's growing support among black voters.

. . .Clinton's and Obama's support among white voters changed little since December, but the changes among black Democrats were dramatic. In December and January Post-ABC News polls, Clinton led Obama among African Americans by 60 percent to 20 percent. In the new poll, Obama held a narrow advantage among blacks, 44 percent to 33 percent. The shift came despite four in five blacks having a favorable impression of the New York senator.

African Americans view Clinton even more positively than they see Obama, but in the time since he launched his campaign, his favorability rating rose significantly among blacks. In the latest poll, 70 percent of African Americans said they had a favorable impression of Obama, compared with 54 percent in December and January.

As I said before, Obama problem is not with black voters, it's with white voters, especially those that vote in the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primaries, where the populations of blacks is three and one percent respectively. Once he wins the white voters, he can easily get over with blacks, especially with him being the Democratic candidate.

Thanx A Lot, Club Rappers!

Via Blackprof.com there is a short film by then high schooler Kiri Davis that is refreshingly revealing and brutally honest. The first part she shows a bunch of black girls admitting that among themselves, black is not necessarily beautiful, which explains the hair relaxers, the weaves, the skin bleaching, and lack of attention to dark-skinned girls with natural hair.

The next part, the part that almost made me vomit, the documentarian recreated the famous experiment performed by Dr. Kenneth Johnson where she had black preschoolers choose either the black doll or the white doll. 15 out of the 20 kids chose the white doll, some saying specifically because they are white.

Now why, in this day in age, would black children hate themselves so much? Would it be because they are bombared with these types of images?

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Scene from the Nelly video "Tip Drill"

Yep, the women considered desireable by these horrible rappers are light-skinned and have straight hair. Perhaps they should stop that, but then they would lose their market share among whites.

February 25, 2007

Sharpton's Family Owned By Thurmond's Family; Thurmond's Relatives Deny It

Wow. . . just, wow:

In a revelation that will stun the nation, the Rev. Al Sharpton, one of America's most powerful black leaders, has unearthed a shattering family secret - his ancestors were slaves owned by relatives of the late South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond.

It is an ironic twist of fate that inexorably links one of the most vocal civil rights activists and an icon of Deep South segregation.

A team of some of the country's most trusted genealogists spent two weeks examining Sharpton's family background.

Sharpton learned the results of their work this week. Today, in the first part of a Daily News series, Sharpton talks about the emotional shock of learning how his family was so closely linked to a man who embodied everything he despises.

The Rev. Al Sharpton sat silently in the sanctity of his Manhattan radio studio as his family's roots were laid bare before him.

Of course, when confronted with the direct burden of slavery, the sons and daughters of the Confederacy seek to distance themselves:

Relatives of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond greeted news of the family's shocking connection to the Rev. Al Sharpton yesterday with some nervous chuckles and one outright denial.

"That's a bunch of baloney," said Barry Bishop, the son of one of Thurmond's sisters.

"I've never heard anything about it," said Bishop, of Greenville, S.C.

"Well, have you seen documents?" he asked.

When told that genealogists from Ancestry.com had located historic documents that confirmed that Sharpton's great-grandfather Coleman Sharpton was enslaved by Thurmond relatives in the 1800s, Bishop responded, "Since I don't know anything about it, I'm afraid I can't comment."

Typical.

February 1, 2007

Not Just Halloween Anymore

Black Jesus, help us. . .

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- White students at Tarleton State University in Texas hold a party in which they dress in gang gear and drink malt liquor from paper bags. A white Clemson University student attends a bash in blackface over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. A fraternity at Johns Hopkins University invites partygoers to wear "bling bling" grills, or shiny metal caps on their teeth.

From Connecticut to Colorado, "gangsta" theme parties thrown by whites are drawing the ire of college officials and heated complaints from black and white students who say the antics conjure the worst racial stereotypes.

. . .At an off-campus "Bullets and Bubbly" party thrown by University of Connecticut School of Law students in January, pictures showed students wearing baggy jeans, puffy jackets and holding fake machine guns.

The University of Colorado's Ski and Snowboard Club advertised a "gangsta party" in September, with fliers featuring rappers and fake bullet holes. The theme was dropped after complaints, but some students, who didn't get the message, showed up in gangsta garb, hoping to win prizes.

Often such parties go unnoticed outside campuses until students post pictures on Facebook.com and other Web sites. That's how images of the Clemson party surfaced this week. One student wore blackface; another white student put padding in her pants to make her rear end look bigger.

Harold Hughes, a black fraternity member at Clemson whose frat brothers attended the party, said white students "see this on MTV and BET they think it's cool to portray hip hop culture." Hughes said he found it especially offensive that the party was held over a holiday created to honor the slain civil rights leader.

Many white Clemson students said they did not believe the party was held to intentionally offend blacks, and after news of the party reached beyond the campus, organizers issued an unsigned letter of apology.

I'll have more to say about this later, I promise. Meanwhile, here are some photos courtesy of The Smoking Gun.

January 25, 2007

Obama's Balancing Act

Michael Fletcher of the Washington Post dares to explore the elephant in the room regarding Barack Obama's candidacy: in his quest to appeal to white voters, will black people still trust him?

The question of how Obama chooses to define and approach race looms large as he moves closer to formally launching his campaign next month. Although he rides a wave of enthusiasm among Democrats who like his vision of a different kind of politics and see him as an alternative to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), it is not clear that his multiracial message can excite black voters hungry for affirmation of their top concerns.

Melissa V. Harris-Lacewell, a Princeton University professor who has followed Obama's political ascent, said that he may be forced to choose: "You can be elected president as a black person only if you signal at some level that you are independent from black people" -- a move she said would be "guaranteed" to make black people angry. "He is going to have to figure out whether there is a way not to alienate and anger a black base that almost by definition is going to be disappointed," she said.

Already, that balancing act is causing some strains. Some of Obama's longtime black supporters in Illinois are grumbling about the largely white crowd of advisers who now surround Obama as he gears up his national campaign. "Who does he represent? That is what people are worried about," said Lorenzo Martin, publisher of the Chicago Standard newspapers, a chain of black-oriented weeklies that circulate in the southern suburbs. "When you look and see who is surrounding him, you are not going to see too many brothers. What you see is the liberal left."

Complicating matters is that Obama appears certain to encounter fierce competition for the black vote from the other leading Democratic presidential contenders. Black Democrats prefer Clinton 3 to 1 over Obama, and four out of five of black Democrats view her favorably, much higher than the 54 percent who have a favorable view of Obama, according to combined findings from two Washington Post-ABC polls taken in December and January. Clinton also enjoys close ties to top black elected officials, and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, remains extremely popular among African Americans.

Former senator John Edwards (D-N.C.), who launched his presidential campaign from New Orleans's devastated Lower Ninth Ward to highlight his commitment to attacking poverty, is also expected to make a strong appeal to black voters. And waiting in the wings is another African American, Al Sharpton, a candidate in 2004 who is considering running again.

"If we're talking about the urban agenda," Sharpton asked earlier this month in discussing his possible candidacy, "can you tell me anybody else in the field who's representing that right now?" And, in remarks that were widely interpreted as referring to Obama, he added: "Right now we're hearing a lot of media razzle-dazzle. I'm not hearing a lot of meat, or a lot of content. I think when the meat hits the fire, we'll find out if it's just fat or if there's some real meat there."

Actually, Obama shouldn't worry about being overly obsequient to black voters since blacks vote overwhelmingly Democratic no matter who's running. If Harold Ford Jr. lost his Tennessee senate race, despite his running as some kind of religious conservative who bashes gays, he would be right to blame white people, since 95 percent of black voters voted for him. In that light, Obama's right move is to pretty much continue what he's doing and try not to piss off too many white folks, especially since the early all-important primaries are held in such monochromatic states like Iowa and New Hampshire. If he wins those two, so goes the rest of the primary, the election and the almost guaranteed black votes that goes with it.

(One sidenote, the article says that uberconservative wackjob Alan Keyes who disowned his own daughter for coming out as a lesbian, supports direct reparations for black descendents for slaves. Huh, who knew?)

George Bush Still Don't Like Black People

Nope.

On New Orleans, Not A Word From Bush; No Mention Of Hurricane Katrina Rebuilding Effort In State Of Union Address

(CBS/AP) New Orleans is still a mess and the pace of recovery across the Gulf Coast from Hurricane Katrina's strike remains achingly slow after 17 months. But none of this captured President Bush's attention on the year's biggest night for showcasing policy priorities.

In the president's State of the Union speech last year, delivered just five months after the disaster, the devastation merited only 156 words out of more than 5,400.

On Tuesday night, the president spoke for almost exactly as long before a joint session of Congress. But Katrina received not a single mention.

"At this time I almost broke my TV, knocked it off the stand," Chris Davis, told CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian. Davis, a Vietnam veteran, is one of the displaced residents from New Orleans now living near Baton Rouge, La.

"People were already feeling forgotten. I think this may potentially reinforce that," Toni Bankston, a mental health caseworker, told CBS News.

Officials in Louisiana were also disappointed by the oversight.

"The governor is supremely disappointed," said a spokeswoman for Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco. "The president's speech was promoted as focusing on his domestic priorities, yet we see where hurricane recovery is on his list. It's not even on the radar."

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., said, "With nearly 6,000 words about the nation's priorities, not one single word was devoted to the rebuilding and protection of affected areas of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. It was a glaring omission."

Republican Sen. David Vitter's criticism was more muted.

"I was disappointed somewhat," Vitter said, "but I didn't necessarily expect a significant mention primarily because the federal government has provided a great deal of funding and aid and because most of the hurdles we face are at the state level."

By contrast, in the days ahead of the president's address, Democratic Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia compared the U.S. money being spent on Iraqi reconstruction with the fraction committed to the Gulf Coast rebuilding. And, chosen to give the Democratic response to Mr. Bush on Tuesday, Webb brought up the continuing struggle of Katrina victims right away, listing "restoring the vitality of New Orleans" just behind education and health care among his party's most pressing priorities, according to the text of his speech distributed in advance.

Maybe Bush REALLY thinks New Orleans is getting along fine. Perhaps he should check the news for once in his sad little life:

In an exceedingly rare move for a public school system, hundreds of children seeking spots in the city's schools have been turned away -- "wait-listed" -- and told that the campuses have no room, school officials said Tuesday....

In November 2005, the state Legislature voted to take control of 107 New Orleans public schools performing below the state average. That legislation put those campuses under the control of the Recovery District, leaving just 16 of the city's highest-performing schools under the local School Board's control....

Flozell Daniels, who is married to Orleans Parish School Board member Heidi Daniels, recalled trying to enroll a cousin's fourth-grade child in a Recovery District school and being told of the wait list.

"I intellectually understand how difficult this is, but it is morally criminal and it is illegal to keep a child from getting an education in America," he said. "It's unconscionable."

January 24, 2007

Why I Hate Georgia II

Like I said before, a bunch of rednecks and bamas. No number of "good decent folks" that supposedly reside there can absolve the entire goddamn state for this:

ATLANTA — A potentially explosive dispute in the City Too Busy to Hate is taking shape over a proposal to break Fulton County in two and split off Atlanta's predominantly white, affluent suburbs to the north from some of the metropolitan area's poorest black neighborhoods.

Legislation that would allow the suburbs to form their own county, to be called Milton County, was introduced by members of the Georgia Legislature's Republican majority earlier this month.

Supporters say it is a quest for more responsive government in a county with a population greater than that of six states. Opponents say the measure is racially motivated and will pit white against black, rich against poor.

"If it gets to the floor, there will be blood on the walls," warned state Sen. Vincent Fort, an Atlanta Democrat and member of the Legislative Black Caucus who bitterly opposes the plan. "As much as you would like to think it's not racial, it's difficult to draw any other conclusion."

The legislation calls for amending the Georgia Constitution to allow the return of Milton County, which succumbed to financial troubles during the Depression and was folded into Fulton County in 1932.

The former Milton County is now mostly white and Republican and one of the most affluent areas in the nation. Atlanta and its southern suburbs are mostly black, are controlled by Democrats and have neighborhoods with some of the highest poverty rates in America. (Buckhead, a fashionable Atlanta neighborhood of clubs, restaurants and mansions, would remain in Fulton County.)

January 21, 2007

Why I Hate Georgia

I used to live in Georgia (Athens, thereabouts) and I couldn't get out of there fast enough. Bunch of rednecks and bamas, and the wealth divide makes it sure that the rich couldn't care less about those at the bottom. from the New York Times:

CLARKSTON, Ga., Jan. 20 — Early last summer the mayor of this small town east of Atlanta issued a decree: no more soccer in the town park.

“There will be nothing but baseball and football down there as long as I am mayor,? Lee Swaney, a retired owner of a heating and air-conditioning business, told the local paper. “Those fields weren’t made for soccer.?

In Clarkston, soccer means something different than in most places. As many as half the residents are refugees from war-torn countries around the world. Placed by resettlement agencies in a once mostly white town, they receive 90 days of assistance from the government and then are left to fend for themselves. Soccer is their game.

But to many longtime residents, soccer is a sign of unwanted change, as unfamiliar and threatening as the hijabs worn by the Muslim women in town. It’s not football. It’s not baseball. The fields weren’t made for it. Mayor Swaney even has a name for the sort of folks who play the game: the soccer people.

Caught in the middle is a boys soccer program called the Fugees — short for refugees, though most opponents guess the name refers to the hip-hop band.

The Fugees are indeed all refugees, from the most troubled corners — Afghanistan, Bosnia, Burundi, Congo, Gambia, Iraq, Kosovo, Liberia, Somalia and Sudan. Some have endured unimaginable hardship to get here: squalor in refugee camps, separation from siblings and parents. One saw his father killed in their home.

January 17, 2007

Wiener Savage Lights A Cross For MLK.

Janet Jackson's left nipple (almost) gets exposed, Al Jazeera isn't allowed to broadcast in this country, but this openly white supremacist horseshit gets to air without penalty.

January 11, 2007

Joe Lieberman Don't Like Black People

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Joseph Lieberman, artist's conception.

After all his high dudgeon over how Bush fucked up the response to the Katrina disaster, Lieberman, who won the chairmanship of the Senate Committees of Homeland Security and Government Affairs is going to give WorstPresidentEver a pass from any serious investigation:

Jan. 11, 2007 - Sen. Joe Lieberman, the only Democrat to endorse President Bush’s new plan for Iraq, has quietly backed away from his pre-election demands that the White House turn over potentially embarrassing documents relating to its handling of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans.

Lieberman’s reversal underscores the new role that he is seeking to play in the Senate as the leading apostle of bipartisanship, especially on national-security issues. On Wednesday night, Bush conspicuously cited Lieberman’s advice as being the inspiration for creating a new “bipartisan working group? on Capitol Hill that he said will “help us come together across party lines to win the war on terror.?

But the decision by Lieberman, the new chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, to back away from the committee's Katrina probe is already dismaying public-interest groups and others who hoped the Democratic victory in November would lead to more aggressive investigations of one of the White House’s most spectacular foul-ups.

I just like to say to the Connecticut voters nice job voting in another assclown Republican to the Senate, and to all the Democrats who supported him during his campaign against Ned Lamont (looking at you Hillary Clinton, Obama) for your hand in his thumbing his nose towards victims of the Katrina disaster.

January 9, 2007

"You Don't Get A School! You Don't Get A School! You Don't Get. . ."

Steve Gilliard links to an opinion column by Eugene Robinson where he takes to task Oprah for her disparaging comments concerning American inner-city schoolchildren following her opening of her new all-girls' school in South Africa:

There can't be more than a handful of people on Earth who are better at choosing their words than Oprah Winfrey. So I was stunned last week to read a quote from her that was so . . . so totally un-Oprah.

She was talking about the new $40 million school for poor young girls she has built in South Africa and her awareness that some people would ask why she hadn't spent that money to benefit poor students at home. She already gives millions to educate underprivileged children in the United States, and anyway, she told Newsweek, the two situations are different. South Africa has desperate poverty and rudimentary infrastructure. The American educational system may have its faults, but "it does work."

Point made. But she wasn't done.

"I became so frustrated with visiting inner-city schools that I just stopped going. The sense that you need to learn just isn't there," she said. "If you ask the kids what they want or need, they will say an iPod or some sneakers. In South Africa, they don't ask for money or toys. They ask for uniforms so they can go to school."

Oh, no, she didn't.

. . .The razor-sharp contrast that Oprah drew between young people in South Africa and those in the United States gets all fuzzy when you read her "What I Know for Sure" column in the December issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.

She writes of 10 South African orphans, ages 7 to 14, whom she took under her wing several years ago, hiring caretakers for them, sending them to a private boarding school, buying them a big house and hiring a decorator "to personalize each of their bedrooms." Last summer, she said, she went to South Africa and dropped by the house unannounced.

"I found them all at the homework table off the kitchen, doing their work," she wrote. "That's a good thing. But when I sat them down in the living room for a conversation, everyone's cell phone kept going off." But "the inner spark I was used to seeing in their eyes was gone, replaced by their delight in their rooms full of things."

The girls had "long, braided hair extensions flowing down their backs" and were wearing baseball caps. In general, the kids "could talk about what they owned -- the latest portable PlayStations, iPods, and sneakers -- but they couldn't speak of what they'd done."

Once again, those dastardly iPods and sneakers. But it seems that South African kids, as well as Americans, are susceptible to the evil lure of really cool stuff.

It's funny how the same pathologies that affect all kids whoever they are, whether it's drugs, violence or materialism, suddenly becomes more pathological once poor black kids engage in them, and makes them easier to write off.

But I just like to add what Robinson only hinted at in his column, that Oprah forgot where she came from. What is galling is that she herself grew up at one point in her life, at around the same age as the kids she criticized, in the inner city of Milwaukee with a single mother who was neglectful and allowed her to be sexually abused. In turn she led a life of sex, drugs and petty criminality. Materialism? Fuck, Oprah once conned Aretha Franklin out of $100 so she could stay a few nights at a hotel. She stole from her mother and faked a break-in so she could buy stylish glasses. In short, her irresponsible behavior led her to give birth to a premature baby at fourteen years of age that later died, a fact she rarely discusses for appropriate reasons. After that she was shipped off to Tennessee to live with her strict father, who finally set her straight.

Oprah was lucky, she was one premature death and a deadbeat dad away from being just another stereotype of a black teenaged mother that her core audience of soccer moms won't give two shits about. And now she joining the chorus of those who write off inner-city schoolchildren? It's one thing for those types of comment if it came from some just another white conservative jackass speaking in racial codes. It's a truly sad thing when it comes from someone who has done so much for the poor and minority and has been through the same things herself.

"Try Doing That With A Little More Attitude. . ."

Comedian Jordan Carlos calls out the lily-white mavens who runs the entertainment industry on their knee-jerk aversion to casting black actors and hiring black writers:

Entering the comedy world as a black man means you always stand out, even during off hours, such as one Christmas evening in New York at my first holiday comedy mixer. All of Gotham's comedic glitterati were there. I cornered a "Daily Show" writer, doing my best to get the inside track on a possible actor/writer gig. We broached the subject of black correspondents. He told me that they "tried a black guy once, but it didn't work out." I nearly threw my imported beer in his face. Tried it once and it didn't work? You say that about Toyotas, not a whole race of people. But to date, comedy writing is pretty whitewashed. As of this season, "Saturday Night Live" has no black writers. "The Daily Show" also doesn't have any, and neither does "The Colbert Report," a show on which I've played Stephen Colbert's black friend "Alan," a member of the staff. That's right. "The Colbert Report" had to hire an actor to play a black person who works on the show.

Indeed. They talk a good game about increasing the diversity of their programming, but they just don't want to put the work in. I've heard of prospective black magazine writers being turned away with suggestions that they try interviewing for Ebony or Black Enterprise. Sure, when people hear this, they might say "that isn't right" but will soon forget about it and assume diversity is a job for other people.

December 23, 2006

Army STRAWNG! (Part III)

This part of the article about military recruiter's role in getting Boosh the surge that he needed made me want to vomit:

In his six years as an Army recruiter in South Dakota and now in Chicago, Sgt. First Class Roger White has heard his pitch rejected for all kinds of reasons: The job is too dangerous. My parents hate the war. I can make more money working.

But when Sergeant White tried to explain why he trusted that the military could continue to sustain and swell its ranks at a time of war, he said, one story came to mind.

A 39-year-old woman who once worked as a chemical specialist in the Army found herself down and out and living in a women’s shelter, he said. The Army came calling one more time, and she re-enlisted. Now, the woman is back in uniform at her previous job, serving in South Korea.

“It was amazing,? Sergeant White said, “to see how much change we could bring to just this one woman’s life.?

What the fuck? The army failed to help this woman get a job in the real world, and now he's happy bringing her back in the fold of foreign tours, substandard wages and Halliburton chow? I guess it's better than nothing, but if this is the trap the army is going to set for the poor recruits, and this recruiter is happy about it, then the army is in a sorrier state than it's ever been.

December 22, 2006

"They Do The Jobs Americans Won't"

I'm not the type of immigration hawk who want to cart all illegal immigrants out of the country in cattle cars, but still, let's cut the bullshit about immigration reform. Americans are willing to work for a decent wage; allowing foreigners to flood the labor force does not help indigenous Americans get those wages. Companies that continue to get away with paying poverty wages by hiring those who can be intimidated with deportation should be punished swiftly.

Loss for one is another's gain

Applicants line up to fill jobs left empty by Swift plant raid

By Fernando Quintero, Rocky Mountain News
December 15, 2006

GREELEY - The line of applicants hoping to fill jobs vacated by undocumented workers taken away by immigration agents at the Swift & Co. meat-processing plant earlier this week was out the door Thursday.

Among them was Derrick Stegall, who carefully filled out paperwork he hoped would get him an interview and eventually land him a job as a slaughterer. Two of his friends had been taken away by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and he felt compelled to fill their rubber boots.

"Luckily, they had no wives or family they left behind. But it was still sad. They left their apartments filled with all their stuff. I took two dogs one of them had. The other guy had a cat I gave to my sister," he said.

Greg Bonifacio heard about the job openings on television and brought his passport, his Colorado driver's license, his Social Security card and even a color photograph of himself as a young Naval officer to prove his military service.

"I don't want to hassle with any identification problems because of my last name," said Bonifacio, a 59- year-old Thornton resident of Filipino heritage.

As it turned out, the Colorado Workforce office that was taking applications did not require any identification.

That would come later for those who made it past the interview process.

Bonifacio was hoping to get a job in production or fabrication. So was Nathan Korgan, a former construction worker whose company closed and moved to California.

"I feel bad for the kids, but good for me," said Korgan of Tuesday's raid.


December 21, 2006

Two Nations

If you believe the Bushtards on the cable news business reports, the economy is really humming. The stock market is at a record, baybee, and that translates to multimillion-dollar bonuses for the truly deserving CEOs:

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Investment bank Morgan Stanley's CEO John Mack has been awarded a bonus worth about $40 million in stock and options for 2006, according to a regulatory filing Thursday.

However, Mack's compensation is likely to be topped by one or more of his rivals, according to a report published Friday by The Wall Street Journal.

The payout comes amid a boom time for investment banks, advising private equity firms flush with cash in their pursuit of acquisitions, raking in hedge fund fees and profiting from elevated levels of bond and stock trading.

The high profits are translating into multi-million dollar bonus awards for bankers - two studies released in November show that Wall Street bonuses should rise by double-digit percentages this year.

The question people often fail to ask is how the newfound wealth of the corporate state is being distributed:

Morgan Stanley cuts 170 jobs

Morgan Stanley has cut 170 positions at its recently acquired subprime mortgage unit, Saxon Capital Inc., as part of its reorganization of the business.

The New York investment bank is shutting down Saxon's business of lending directly to consumers to focus on lending through mortgage brokers and mortgage servicing, said Morgan Stanley spokesman Mark Lake.

The job cuts, which was first reported Wednesday by National Mortgage News on its Web site, accounted for about 14 percent of Saxon's work force.

If they aren't careful, this country could find itself in a middle of an unwanted Marxist revolution.

December 11, 2006

They Just Get Younger, Don't They?

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This one probably commits sexual assault three feedings a day

This kind of bullshit only comes from Texas:

Four-year-old suspended for hugging teacher's aid

Bellmead, TX - Damarcus Blackwell's four-year-old son was lining-up to get on the bus after school last month, when he was accused of rubbing his face in the chest of a female employee

The principal of La Vega Primary School sent a letter to the Blackwells that said the pre-kindergartener demonstrated "inappropriate physical behavior interpreted as sexual contact and/or sexual harassment."

Blackwell says it's ridiculous that the aide would misread a hug from a four-year-old.

Blackwell wrote to administrators demanding that the whole incident be expunged from his son's academic file because his son is too young to know what it means to act sexually.

How much do you wanna bet the child's race had something to do with his suspension?

November 23, 2006

Those Underpriviledged Whites

Those geniuses at the Boston University's College Republicans have come up with a, ahem, novel way to combat all the oppression they've been facing from all the minorities in their school, all 11 percent of them: set up a scholarship fund for whites only!

Looking to draw attention to what they call the "worst form of bigotry confronting America today," Boston University's College Republicans are circulating an application for a "Caucasian Achievement and Recognition Scholarship" that requires applicants be at least 25 percent Caucasian.

"Did we do this to give a scholarship to white kids? Of course not," the scholarship reads. "Did we do it to trigger a discussion on what we believe to be the morally wrong practice of basing decisions in our schools and our jobs on racial preferences rather than merit? Absolutely."

The scholarship, which is privately funded by the BUCR without the support of the university, is meant to raise awareness, group members say. BUCR member argue that racial preferences are a form of "bigotry." The group has a similar view on affirmative action.

The application for the $250 scholarship, due Nov. 30, requires applicants be full-time BU undergraduate students and one-fourth Caucasian and maintain at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA. Applicants must submit two essays, one describing the applicant's ancestry and one describing "what it means to you to be a Caucasian-American today."

*Sigh* I've stopped being surprised by these antics years ago, with all the halloween parties, affirmative action bake sales, and simple out-and-out racism from these young Republican punks. But just for your edification, gentle readers, here are the facts: minority enrollment in top colleges have declined over the years and less than one percent of all undergraduate scholarships go exclusively to minorities anyways. But of course that doesn't matter to these morons. They know perfectly well what they want and don't want. The effort to include minorities in the campus life that used to be reserved for the white and the rich is simply too much for them.