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Maybe if she’d had a gun: Minneapolis denies the right of self-defense against hate crimes/corrected

Posted by Charles II on April 27, 2012

DemocracyNow:

A transgendered African-American woman is set to go on trial next week on charges of second-degree murder for an altercation after she was reportedly physically attacked and called racist and homophobic slurs outside a Minneapolis bar last year. Chrishaun “CeCe” McDonald received 11 stitches to her cheek, and was reportedly interrogated without counsel and placed in solitary confinement following her arrest. There were reports that the dead victim, Dean Schmitz, had a swastika tattooed on his chest.

So McDonald’s face was slashed open and then she killed the person who did that.

These are facts similar to those asserted in the Trayvon Martin case, but with some important differences. Compare McDonald to Zimmerman and the deceased Dean Schmitz with the deceased Trayvon Martin:

1) Schmitz did have a deadly weapon, while Trayvon did not have a deadly weapon, while McDonald had been assaulted and seriously wounded.
2) Schmitz pursued her, while Zimmerman alleges that he was assaulted by Trayvon, who Zimmerman was following.
3) Schmitz was allegedly tattoed with a hate symbol, while Trayvon had none.
4) Schmitz allegedly had a history of harassing McDonald, while Trayvon was unknown to Zimmerman.

Now, there’s one more similarity and one more difference. McDonald used a knife, scissors while Zimmerman used a gun. And both of the dead people, one an assailant, one allegedly a victim, were black.

One is reminded of an ancient (50 years ago) Dick Gregory joke: “You complain about us cutting people. Well, hell, you won’t sell us any guns!”

This appears to be a stark illustration of why we need to confront hate crimes and demand an end to the stirring of racial hatred by TV news. Every person, black or white, gay or straight, has an absolute right to mind his or her own business in safety. For Minneapolis to charge someone in fear of her life with second degree murder, while it took a national campaign and intervention by the Governor to get Zimmerman charged with the same crime is clear evidence that the scales of justice are not balanced in this oh-so-free-and-fair country.
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Note on the corrections: apparently one of Schmitz’s female companions opened up the wound on McDonald by throwing a glass at her. So Schmitz was not carrying a deadly weapon. Also, Schmitz was apparently stabbed with fabric scissors. Sorry about the mistakes. Like Stormcrow (see comments) I was completely disgusted by this. I got careless in writing it up.

Posted in abuse of power, gay rights, gun issues, race in America, racism | 3 Comments »

Preserving the best of white hate for posterity: Trayvon Martin edition

Posted by Charles II on March 30, 2012

I feel an obligation to preserve the sayings of Free Republic for posterity. All too many liberals do not know what goes on in Red America and imagine that Congress would somehow magically reform itself if people would vote for Dennis Kucinich for President.

The reality is that Congress knows its constituents. The problem is that both liberals and conservatives pander to their constituents rather than educating them. In a country where the real left has been destroyed by decades of assault, many liberals pretend to be moderates and many ::cough:: conservatives pretend (or not) to be neo-Nazis. Neither of them seem to believe anything at all. No one does what is right for the country. Read these posts understanding that they represent perhaps one third of Republicans (and only a few of the 20 or so threads about the Martin case). Other posters occasionally make weak protests against the sort of hate-the-victim comments, and surely many stay silent in the face of this evil. What comes to the fore during cases like the murder of Trayvon Martin is the racialist wing of the Party.

Averting one’s eyes is no longer an option. These people mean to seize power, through sham elections and domination of the courts that that enables, if possible, but if not… well, read and see what you think.

As an aside, seven of the over 20 threads on the Martin case are initiated by someone who reveres the late Senator Joseph McCarthy, having taken the nickname that McCarthy took to celebrate his heroism in World War II, Tailgunner Joe. Wikipedia remembers the heroism of the real Tailgunner Joe:

He would leave the Marines with the rank of captain. It is well documented that McCarthy lied about his war record. Despite his automatic commission, he claimed to have enlisted as a “buck private”. He flew twelve combat missions as a gunner-observer, earning the nickname of “Tail-Gunner Joe” in the course of one of these missions.[15]

He later claimed 32 missions in order to qualify for a Distinguished Flying Cross, which he received in 1952. McCarthy publicized a letter of commendation which he claimed had been signed by his commanding officer and countersigned by Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, then Chief of Naval Operations. However, it was revealed that McCarthy had written this letter himself, in his capacity as intelligence officer. A “war wound” that McCarthy made the subject of varying stories involving airplane crashes or antiaircraft fire was in fact received aboard ship during a ceremony for sailors crossing the equator for the first time.

Interesting that what Joseph McCarthy actually did in lying about his service record was how they smeared John Kerry.

So, here goes, local interest first.

TailgunnerJoe, posting an article from MPR on pro-Trayvon protests at U. Minn. gets the following responses:

“…protesting over the death of the 17-year-old who shot and killed as he walked to his father’s home as he was attacking the local neighborhood watch captain by George Zimmerman”
3 posted on Friday, March 30, 2012 7:35:16 AM by Mr. K (If Romney wins the primary, I am writing-in PALIN) [The interesting slip in the quote is MPR’s. For reasons not clear to me, the website administrator also gave it a URL “hoodie rally” that seems strange]

The predator underclass is furious that their prey are shooting back.
“Justice” = only criminals can have guns.
4 posted on Friday, March 30, 2012 7:36:11 AM by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini–nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)

“you mess with one of our young people and we will bring the people to you,” Miller said.
A thug, masquerading as a caring person.
Referring to Miller.
All these demonstrations, justifying resort to criminal conduct. The media, the president, numerous politicians, all elevating the commission of a crime into sainthood.
The Legend of Saint Skittles is that of turning criminal conduct into exemplary conduct.
5 posted on Friday, March 30, 2012 7:36:29 AM by Cboldt

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Posted in John Kerry, race in America, ratf*cking, Republicans as cancer | 8 Comments »

Why Catering To Racists Is Rapidly Becoming A Net Negative For Republicans

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 30, 2010

Go ahead, Tom Emmer, Tim Pawlenty and the rest of the GOP. Please.

Go ahead and keep cuddling up to the immigrant-hating Tea Partiers and the twits who gave Arizona SB 1070. Go ahead and assume that the Southern Strategy works just as well using Latinos as the scapegoat as it did when it used African-Americans for the past half-century.

Please, keep it up. You’re helping to flip one of America’s bastions of conservatism into a much more liberal place:

Orange County has been a national symbol of conservatism for more than 50 years: birthplace of President Richard M. Nixon and home to John Wayne, a bastion for the John Birch Society, a land of orange groves and affluence, the region of California where Republican presidential candidates could always count on a friendly audience.

But this iconic county of 3.1 million people passed something of a milestone in June. The percentage of registered Republican voters dropped to 43 percent, the lowest level in 70 years.

This is why Arnold Schwarzenegger tried to buck the national Republican and conservative stance on undocumented workers, even as the base voters and financiers of the GOP, as represented by the Koch-funded Tea Partiers, got more racist and more conservative. But it wasn’t enough.

Posted in immigration, race in America, racism, Republicans | 3 Comments »

Some Odds And Ends

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 14, 2010

Rob Levine puts the Strib’s education reporter through the wringer. Well played, sir!

— Oil spills aren’t so bad, because oil is natural too! (<—- sarcasm)

Imagine if the Tea Partiers were black.

— OMG! USAToday published the truth about taxes (namely, that our tax burden is light, especially where the rich are concerned).

Posted in (Rich) Taxpayers League, education, eedjits, Oil, race in America, Tea Party | 2 Comments »

When I Hear The Words “Austrian Economics”…

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 20, 2009

…I reach for my SPLC references.

For people wondering who is behind “Austrian economics” or the Mises Institute, check out the Southern Poverty Law Center’s research thereon:

Ludwig von Mises Institute
www.mises.org

The Ludwig von Mises Institute, founded in 1982 by Llewellyn Rockwell Jr. and still headed by him, is a major center promoting libertarian political theory and the Austrian School of free market economics, pioneered by the late economist Ludwig von Mises. It publishes seven journals, has printed more than 100 books, and offers scholarships, prizes, conferences and a major library at its Auburn, Ala., offices.

It also promotes a type of Darwinian view of society in which elites are seen as natural and any intervention by the government on behalf of social justice is destructive. The institute seems nostalgic for the days when, “because of selective mating, marriage, and the laws of civil and genetic inheritance, positions of natural authority [were] likely to be passed on within a few noble families.”

But the rule of these natural elites and intellectuals, writes institute scholar Hans-Hermann Hoppe, is being ruined by statist meddling such as “affirmative action and forced integration,” which he said is “responsible for the almost complete destruction of private property rights, and the erosion of freedom of contract, association, and disassociation.”

A key player in the institute for years was the late Murray Rothbard, who worked with Rockwell closely and co-edited a journal with him. The institute’s Web site includes a cybershrine to Rothbard, a man who complained that the “Officially Oppressed” of American society (read, blacks, women and so on) were a “parasitic burden,” forcing their “hapless Oppressors” to provide “an endless flow of benefits.”

“The call of ‘equality,'” he wrote, “is a siren song that can only mean the destruction of all that we cherish as being human.” Rothbard blamed much of what he disliked on meddling women. In the mid-1800s, a “legion of Yankee women” who were “not fettered by the responsibilities” of household work “imposed” voting rights for women on the nation. Later, Jewish women, after raising funds from “top Jewish financiers,” agitated for child labor laws, Rothbard adds with evident disgust. The “dominant tradition” of all these activist women, he suggests, is lesbianism.

Institute scholars also have promoted anti-immigrant views, positively reviewing Peter Brimelow’s Alien Nation.

(If you’re wondering what brought this on, it’s the efforts being made by the Alabama Slammers to mainstream themselves and their racism as legitimate, using Ron Paul as the conduit.)

Posted in economy, eedjits, race in America, racism, rightwing moral cripples | 9 Comments »

Cobell decided

Posted by Charles II on August 8, 2008

bmaz links to an update on Cobell by Del Quentin Wilber in the WaPo, the epic court case on the theft of funds from Indian trust funds by Interior (or, rather, Interior was the laundry through which others siphoned off funds for heaven knows what–probably off-the-shelf black ops, if I had to guess).

Bottom line: the Indians get $455 M, less than a penny on the dollar of what was stolen. Eloise Cobell has more.

Where there is no justice, there is no peace.

Posted in race in America, racism | Comments Off on Cobell decided

Wonder If This Person Was An “Operation Chaos” Mole?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 16, 2008

Ho-hum. Another day, another McCain racism scandal comes to light h/t TPM’s Election Central:

A key organizer of John McCain’s meeting Saturday with former supporters of Hillary Clinton is best known for her role in another bitter American fight: The effort by some white descendants of Thomas Jefferson to keep his possible African-American descendants out of family gatherings.

[…]

But Abeles first made the news in 2003, when she and her husband, then-Monticello Association President Nat Abeles, led the fight to keep members of the Hemings family — descendants of Jefferson slave and, some historians believe, mistress Sally Hemmings — out of a gathering of the Monticello Association, which is made up of lineal descendants of the third president.

Even better: Abeles assumed the online sock-puppet persona of a 67-year-old black woman, and frequented internet chat rooms in that persona, in an effort to keep Hemming’s descendants from appearing at the Monticello gathering. Paging Mary Rosh!

Posted in 2008, John McCain, race in America, racism, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples, WTF? | 4 Comments »

The Projection Room

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 23, 2008

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Glenn Greenwald noticed the strangely twisted racist efforts by a favored Instapundit blogging ally, “Instapunk”, to project his own racism onto black people.

David Neiwert picked up on similar efforts by Pat Buchanan, Bridget Johnson, and Rush Limbaugh:

What you’ll notice in all this, of course, is that all these folks really aren’t concerned about black people at all. They’re talking to white people, and basically reinforcing the stereotypical view that there’s just something wrong with those black people. Why else can’t they see that conservatism is really about their greater good?

Folks like Limbaugh and Buchanan and Bridget Johnson like to complain that when blacks vote for liberals en masse, they’re engaging in “identity politics”. As always, they forget that “identity politics” in America was in fact created, and deeply institutionalized, by white people.

And there’s no small irony when the efforts of the historical victims of identity politics to break down those institutions are denounced as merely members of a racial identity group defending their own narrow interests. That’s what we call the “projection strategy.”

As always, this means that Republicans are giving us a warning about their own upcoming strategy. So when they begin accusing Democrats of indulging racism, we can be quite certain that the forthcoming election season will be nothing less than a full-on onslaught of Republican racism — excused, of course, by the claim that “they do it too.”

Yupper. These people project so much they should have “Bell and Howell” stenciled on their foreheads.

Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, mythmaking, neo-Nazis, projection, race in America, racism, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer, rights, rightwing moral cripples, Rush Limbaugh, Silly Republicans | 8 Comments »

Cooper Union Address

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 18, 2008

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That’s what Obama’s speech reminded me of today.

Compare and contrast.

Posted in Abraham Lincoln, Barack Obama, Good Things, race in America | 3 Comments »

 
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