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Right-Wingers Worship “KGB Vlad” Putin

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 2, 2013

Seriously, they do. Steve over at No More Mister Nice Blog went spelunking in the bowels of the right-wing site Free Republic and pulled up examples thereof:

I see Freepers celebrating [the Russian police manhandling undocumented workers], and I see Russia passing a severely restrictive anti-gay law that forbids even discussing homosexuality in a positive light, and I see Russia thumbing its nose at the White House by refusing to extradite Edward Snowden (whose attacks on Obama are greatly enjoyed by much of the right), and I see Russia backing Assad in Syria (against rebels the U.S. right regards as universally jihadist, not to mention pals of the hated Obama and the despised RINO John McCain) …

… and I wonder at what point the wingers are going to start seeing Russia as a sort of paradise, a bastion of virtue in a sea of socialism, effeminacy, and environmentalism (did I mention Russia’s status as an unabashed petro-state, and its utter disdain for greenness?).

Oh, and I almost forgot Russia’s flat tax, which led Gerard Depardieu to give up his French citizenship, to the delight of the right.

Rudy Giuliani — who knows a thing or two about authoritarianism — seems ready to take the Putin plunge…

Considering that the Koch brothers would be gas station attendants if not for Joe Stalin’s making their daddy Fred a very rich man, it seems rather ironic.

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Racism Fuels Republicans And Conservatives — Yes, Even The ‘Respectable’ Ones

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 23, 2012

In case it wasn’t made crystal-clear to everyone by their dependence on the Southern Strategy, Republicans and conservatives stopped being Lincoln fans a long, long time ago. Or rather, they gleefully embraced the NeoConfederacy as a way to get the votes their Big Business backers couldn’t buy outright.

And yes, this isn’t just the ones indiscreet enough to shout “RAHOWA!” in public, but the entire constellation of conservative thought from Rush Limbaugh to Tucker Carlson:

Have you heard about the Race War? It’s being censored by the media, but maybe you caught the news on Rush Limbaugh’s show — “In Obama’s America, the white kids now get beat up with the black kids cheering” — or The O’Reilly Factor, or on the front page of the Drudge Report, or in Thomas Sowell’s nationally-syndicated column, or on one of many blogs, like the Daily Caller. Or maybe you heard about it when you were beat up by one of our country’s many roving mobs of black teens?

If nothing else you’ve probably noticed that “race relations are probably worse now among the average person on the street than they were the day President Obama was elected,” as activist Ward Connerly tells McKay Coppins in Coppins’ “In Conservative Media, A ‘Race War’ Rages,” an excellent summary of the current state of conservative journalism. Connerly is filled with pearls of wisdom: “Obama has been more racial than any white president has ever been in my lifetime,” he tells Coppins in an attempt to explain his perception of a current low ebb in American race relations. What a wonderful way of putting into words the conservative problem with Obama! He’s more racial than other presidents.

But maybe you haven’t experienced the Race War at all. Maybe you’ve somehow managed to avoid the dangerous gangs of black teens, flash-mobbing across the country in their insatiable search for white flesh. It’s okay. I myself didn’t know there was a Race War on until I read Sowell’s most recent column and learned that “the authorities and the media seem determined to suppress” the plain fact that “the hoodlum elements in many ghettoes launch coordinated attacks on whites in public places.” How frequently do these “coordinated attacks” take place? As McKay Coppins points out, Sowell’s column doesn’t “cite any statistics, relying instead on anecdotal evidence.”

When the horrifying groups VDARE and American Renaissance are given pride of place at this year’s CPAC convention, that should tell us all something about Republican and conservative dependency on cultivating bigotry as an electoral strategy.

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FOX News: Freedom=Slavery, Ignorance=Strength, Neo-Nazis=”Civil Rights Group”

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 8, 2012

Right after we see John Derbyshire’s final (?) racist flameout, we are provided with yet more evidence of the central role of fanning racial hatred as a conservative modus operandi by the conservatives’ favorite TV network, FOX News Channel:

Wow. Breathtaking point of view from the editors at My Fox 35 Orlando (screencap 3:50 PM, 4/8):

Does anyone down there at FOX35 know how to use “the Google?” The National Socialist Movement is designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

That’s FOX for you: either breathtakingly stupid or breathtakingly racist — or, quite possibly, both.

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John Derbyshire Gives Away Conservatives’ Racist Game

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 7, 2012

From the National Review’s and Taki Mag’s John Derbyshire (by way of a horrified Frances Martel at Mediaite), advice he suggests that white parents give their kids:

(10e) If you are at some public event at which the number of blacks suddenly swells, leave as quickly as possible.

(10f) Do not settle in a district or municipality run by black politicians.

(10g) Before voting for a black politician, scrutinize his/her character much more carefully than you would a white.

(10h) Do not act the Good Samaritan to blacks in apparent distress, e.g., on the highway.

(10i) If accosted by a strange black in the street, smile and say something polite but keep moving.

(11) The mean intelligence of blacks is much lower than for whites. The least intelligent ten percent of whites have IQs below 81; forty percent of blacks have IQs that low. Only one black in six is more intelligent than the average white; five whites out of six are more intelligent than the average black. These differences show in every test of general cognitive ability that anyone, of any race or nationality, has yet been able to devise. They are reflected in countless everyday situations. “Life is an IQ test.”

Need I point out that Derbyshire’s IQ maunderings are racist nonsense? Apparently I must, so here goes:

Myth: Intelligence tests are not culturally biased against American blacks or other native-born English-speaking people in the United States. Culture bias in IQ tests does not explain the difference in black-white IQ scores, a difference of approximately 15 points between the means of group distributions.

Reality: The idea that all “native-born English-speaking people in the United States” develop and live in the same culture is anthropological nonsense. Cognitive performance is never independent of culture any more than the way language is used is independent of culture. Linguistic structure, in fact, controls the way people think and learn, so that if linguistic structure is culture dependent, so also is thinking and learning. As for cultural bias in IQ tests not explaining the difference in black-white IQ scores, there is no hard scientific evidence to support any such idea — and considerable evidence against it. The notorious black-white IQ gap of one standard deviation (about 15 points), touted by genetic determinists to be independent of culture, was in fact substantially reduced between 1972 and 2002 — and it continues to shrink.

Another thing conservatives like Derbyshire ignore — because to admit it would require them to back environmental regulations — is that concentrations of lead, which are still higher in the inner city than elsewhere because of the prevalence of older buildings with lead paint, are harmful to the human brain:

Some people assume that lead poisoning went away with the total ban on leaded gas in 1995, 23 years after its phaseout began and almost 50 years after lead was first added to gasoline as an antiknock agent. National health surveys in the 1970s had revealed high lead levels among children and adults but showed a 75-percent decrease by 1991. As the tide of childhood lead-poisoning ebbed, there were declarations of victory; a 1995 Atlantic Monthly article hailed America’s “triumph over lead.”

But lead poisoning remains the most significant environmental-health disease of children; it is especially prevalent among inner-city kids. Even though environmental lead levels caused by gasoline have dropped, lead poisoning is a pressing issue now because we’ve discovered much more about its capacity for human harm.

Children from all levels of society are at risk of lead poisoning, but those at the bottom, who are more apt to live in older, poorly maintained housing, are most often harmed. African-American children have 2 1/2 times the risk of white children, and Latino children about 1 1/2 times the risk, according to the CDC. Ellen Silbergeld, professor of environmental health sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, refers to this as the “ghettoization” of lead poisoning.

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Lead can harm children before birth: It leaches from the bones of expectant mothers exposed during their own childhoods and crosses the placental barrier to enter the fetal brain. The May 2006 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives confirmed earlier findings that very low lead exposure during gestation may cause “lasting and possibly permanent effects” on a child’s cognitive development.

Lead’s deadliness has been known for well over a century. (It in fact is suspected of contributing to the decline of the Roman empire, as the Romans used lead to make pipes for plumbing and even prepared wine and wine-based drinks in lead vessels.) Yet paint manufacturers were still allowed to use it in this country up until 1978. Think of all the old buildings with old paint on them, and you get an idea of the size of the problem — a problem linked to income levels, not race.

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More Proof GOP Wants US to Fail: Eric Cantor Shorts T-Bills

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 27, 2011

Led by their Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Congressional Republicans staged a temper tantrum last week — rather like the one Minnesota Congressional Republicans staged today by bailing on state budget talks — when they walked out of budget negotiations in order to please their corporate/Bircher tax-hating Southern Strategist base. This has renewed the decades-long debate, which was most famously fueled in recent times by Rush Limbaugh’s comments in April of 2009, concerning whether Republicans want America to fail so they could profit from its failure, either in votes or in cold hard cash.

And now we have more evidence that the Republicans who have the most influence over whether America lives or dies are in fact betting on its failure:

The Wall Street Journal reported the other day (here it is, but it’s behind a paywall) that as of his last disclosure form, House Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor owned shares in a mutual fund that is short long-dated U.S. Treasury bonds. He is, in other words, betting that interest rates will rise, and hoping to make money off the fall in prices that would cause. (For my ancient primer on why bond prices fall when interest rates rise, see here .)

Per the WSJ, Cantor had up to $15,000 worth of shares in this fund.

That’s right: Eric Cantor, a man who has more control than all but a handful of other similarly-powerful men over whether the U.S. defaults on its debts by blocking an increase in the debt ceiling, would profit from this personally as interest rates would spike and prices would drop drastically. Even feeding the fear that this might occur could cause milder panics — and in fact has contributed to the recent huge losses the stock market has sustained.

How can this be legal? At all? Or is it, once again, perfectly okay so long as you’re a Republican?

(Crossposted to Renaissance Post.)

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Saturday News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 5, 2011

Mubarak makes a few more cosmetic changes, but protesters know that so long as he’s in charge, they’re dead anyway, so they’re not leaving Tahrir.

Right Wing Mocks Reporters In Egypt: Not ‘A Great Deal Of Sympathy For Those Who’ve Been Attacked’

Ten things conservatives don’t want you to know about Ronald Reagan. #11: He wasn’t and isn’t anywhere near as popular as his GOP/Media Complex supporters claim. Bill Clinton easily bests him.

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US Education: Still Way Ahead, Despite GOP Sabotage

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 19, 2011

Via Rob Levine at The Cucking Stool, we have this report from Business Week which shows yet again that, contrary to the shrill, highly-subsidized cries of those who want to dismantle it, US public education is actually among the best in the world — yes, even in fields like math and science:

The independence and social skills American children develop give them a huge advantage when they join the workforce. They learn to experiment, challenge norms, and take risks. They can think for themselves, and they can innovate. This is why America remains the world leader in innovation; why Chinese and Indians invest their life savings to send their children to expensive U.S. schools when they can. India and China are changing, and as the next generations of students become like American ones, they too are beginning to innovate. So far, their education systems have held them back.

My research team at Duke looked in depth at the engineering education of China and India. We documented that these countries now graduate four to seven times as many engineers as does the U.S.The quality of these engineers, however, is so poor that most are not fit to work as engineers; their system of rote learning handicaps those who do get jobs, so it takes two to three years for them to achieve the same productivity as fresh American graduates.As a result, significant proportions of China’s engineering graduates end up working on factory floors and Indian industry has to spend large sums of money retraining its employees. After four or five years in the workforce, Indians do become innovative and produce, overall, at the same quality as Americans, but they lose a valuable two to three years in their retraining.

This shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s been seriously paying attention over the last few decades. There are those of us out there who still remember how the first Bush suppressed the Sandia Labs study he himself had requested, because it stated, contrary to Republican dogma as pushed by the agenda-driven bogosity fiesta called “A Nation At Risk”, that public schools were actually pretty darned good considering they were under constant attack from right-wing politicians and had to take the kids the cherry-picking private schools rejected.

Speaking of private schools, the charter school movement is essentially a Trojan Horse to turn public schools into sectarian private ones funded with our tax dollars — as one Michigan mother found to her sorrow.

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Reducing The Profitability Of Hatred

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 12, 2011

Spocko asks the following questions:

* What are the positive financial rewards to the people and corporations who use violent rhetoric?

* What could be the negative financial consequences of violent rhetoric to these same people and corporations?

Spocko has lots of practical experience in this field, having organized campaigns to contact the sponsors of various right-wing hate-mongers like Melanie Morgan and Lee Rodgers to defund them and thus remove their profitability. Here are his ideas on what to do right now:

Will fewer corporations or individuals buy tickets to a fund raiser of someone who engages in violent rhetoric?

Note: Sarah Palin will be speaking at Lubbock Christian School’s annual fundraiser on Jan. 24. What if this Christian school decided that using someone who engages in violent rhetoric isn’t the best way to raise money? Considering the shooting of Omaha principal and vice-Principal last week, Mark Breaux, Lubbock Christian Elementary Principal, or Glen Smith, the Secondary Principal, might wonder about the appropriateness of Palin. Here are their email addresses and phone number if you want to ask them.

  • Could an organization fine someone for their violent rhetoric?
    The NFL fined Indianapolis Colts linebacker Gary Brackett $35,000 on Friday for his blind-side hit on Tennessee Titans long snapper Ken Amato during last Sunday’s regular-season finale.
    Gifford’s Republican opponent Jesse Kelly used the ad, “Get on Target for Victory in November Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office. Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly. Could the RNC fine him or his ad agency $35,000 for that?


  • Will people be barred from talk shows for their violent rhetoric?
    What if suggesting that a Iraqi be tortured by cutting off his finger and then his penis became a career limiting move, instead of a career enhancer? You might have a right to say it, but you have no right to get rich on radio or TV doing it.
    • Will producers say, “We can’t book X because he uses violent rhetoric”? We know guests are rarely challenged in real time by supportive hosts. Could after the fact emails to producers suggest violent rhetoric as a criteria for not booking someone in the future, just like swearing or being obscene?

    Marcy Wheeler said the word blowjob on MSNBC and wasn’t invited back. Some MSNBC producer made that decision. The same standard doesn’t apply to violent rhetoric–yet.

    My friends at Color of Change and Angelo Carusone of Stopbeck.com used the same techniques that I did on KSFO to reduce the number of advertisers on the Glenn Beck show. Now he has nothing but house ads and Goldline ads. Over 300 advertisers refuse to advertise on the Glenn Beck show. This technique could be used on all people like Beck. After all, it’s “the market” at work.

    If we are to have an impact on violent rhetoric we need to make it financially toxic to corporations.

    Go and do. Granted, this won’t work on print outlets that aren’t intended to be profitable, such as the Moonie Times and Murdoch’s New York Post and Weekly Standard. And Limbaughwill be protected by his patrons. But for most of the rest, particularly those run by entities whose sole purpose isn’t to spread right-wing ideology, it should work nicely.

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