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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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Tuesday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 13, 2012

— Looks like Florida Republican Vern Buchanan is a sleazebag on the order of Darrell Issa. Quelle surprise — not.

Could this be the end of the most powerful man in the Republican Party?

Radio-Info.com reports that Premiere Networks, which syndicates the Rush Limbaugh show, told its affiliate radio stations that they are suspending national advertising for two weeks . Rush Limbaugh is normally provided to afflilates for free in return for running several minutes of national advertisements provided by Premiere each hour. These ads called “barter spots.” These spots are how Premiere makes its money off of Rush Limbaugh and other shows it syndicates.

But without explaination, Premiere has supended these national advertisements for two weeks. Radio-Info.com calls the move “unusual .” The development suggests that Rush Limbaugh’s incessant sexist attacks on Sandra Fluke have caused severe damage to the show.

So Premiere’s taking a huge bath just to keep Rush on the air? How can they afford this? Is Rush himself dipping into whatever savings he might not have blown on Viagra and trips to the Dominican to help out Premiere?

— The world’s largest network of pedophile enablers is now taking off the gloves in its legal fight to make its critics go away:

Turning the tables on an advocacy group that has long supported victims of pedophile priests, lawyers for the Roman Catholic Church

and priests accused of sexual abuse in two Missouri cases have gone to
court to compel the group to disclose more than two decades of e-mails
that could include correspondence with victims, lawyers,
whistle-blowers, witnesses, the police, prosecutors and journalists.

The group, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests,
known as SNAP, is neither a plaintiff nor a defendant in the
litigation. But the group has been subpoenaed five times in recent
months in Kansas City and St. Louis, and its national director, David
Clohessy, was questioned by a battery of lawyers for more than six hours
this year. A judge in Kansas City ruled that the network must comply
because it “almost certainly” had information relevant to the case.

The network and its allies say the legal action is part of a campaign by
the church to cripple an organization that has been the most visible
defender of victims, and a relentless adversary, for more than two
decades. “If there is one group that the higher-ups, the bishops, would
like to see silenced,” said Marci A. Hamilton, a law professor at
Yeshiva University and an advocate for victims of clergy sex crimes, “it
definitely would be SNAP. And that’s what they’re going after. They’re
trying to find a way to silence SNAP.”

Lawyers for the church and priests say they cannot comment because of a judge’s order. But William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights,
a church advocacy group in New York, said targeting the network was
justified because “SNAP is a menace to the Catholic Church.”

Mr. Donohue said leading bishops he knew had resolved to fight back more
aggressively against the group: “The bishops have come together
collectively. I can’t give you the names, but there’s a growing
consensus on the part of the bishops that they had better toughen up and
go out and buy some good lawyers to get tough. We don’t need altar
boys.”

You shouldn’t be talking about altar boys, Mr. Donohue. No, really, you shouldn’t.

UPDATE: I am reminded that I should be providing a way for you all to get in touch with SNAP to help them fight off Donohue and the bishops for whom he fronts:

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
PO Box 6416
Chicago, IL 60680-6416

http://www.snapnetwork.org

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Some Sweet, Wholesome Ladies Have A Message For Rush Limbaugh

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 11, 2012

Here they are are and here it is:

They must be elitists — they can spell!

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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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GOP Shrugged: Republicans Love Ayn Rand

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 6, 2011

Not much to add to that, really.

(Crossposted to Renaissance Post.)
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Charles says, 6/11/11, I found something to add: All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (thanks to HoneyBearKelly)

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Speaking Of Incitement To Murder

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 11, 2011

As long as we’re talking about the right wing’s increasingly violent rhetoric, and how it’s seeped into every corner of American life (and even into Democratic campaign ads like Joe Minchin’s), one might want to look at this:

“WikiLeaks: treat incitement seriously or expect more Gabrielle Giffords killing sprees.”

Wikileaks today offered sympathy and condolences to the victims of the Tucson shooting together with best wishes for the recovery of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Giffords, a democrat from Arizona’s 8th district, was the target of a shooting spree at a Jan 8 political event in which six others were killed.

Tucson Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, leading the investigation into the Gifford shooting, said that “vitriolic rhetoric” intended to “inflame the public on a daily basis … has [an] impact on people, especially who are unbalanced personalities to begin with.” Dupnik also observed that officials and media personalities engaging in violent rhetoric “have to consider that they have some responsibility when incidents like this occur and may occur in the future.”

WikiLeaks staff and contributors have also been the target of unprecedented violent rhetoric by US prominent media personalities, including Sarah Palin, who urged the US administration to “Hunt down the WikiLeaks chief like the Taliban”. Prominent US politician Mike Huckabee called for the execution of WikiLeaks spokesman Julian Assange on his Fox News program last November, and Fox News commentator Bob Beckel, referring to Assange, publicly called for people to “illegally shoot the son of a bitch.” US radio personality Rush Limbaugh has called for pressure to “Give [Fox News President Roger] Ailes the order and [then] there is no Assange, I’ll guarantee you, and there will be no fingerprints on it.”, while the Washington Times columnist Jeffery T. Kuhner titled his column “Assassinate Assange” captioned with a picture Julian Assange overlayed with a gun site, blood spatters, and “WANTED DEAD or ALIVE” with the alive crossed out.

John Hawkins of Townhall.com has stated “If Julian Assange is shot in the head tomorrow or if his car is blown up when he turns the key, what message do you think that would send about releasing sensitive American data?”

Christian Whiton in a Fox News opinion piece called for violence against WikiLeaks publishers and editors, saying the US should “designate WikiLeaks and its officers as enemy combatants, paving the way for non-judicial actions against them.”

WikiLeaks spokesman Julian Assange said: “No organisation anywhere in the world is a more devoted advocate of free speech than Wikileaks but when senior politicians and attention seeking media commentators call for specific individuals or groups of people to be killed they should be charged with incitement — to murder. Those who call for an act of murder deserve as significant share of the guilt as those raising a gun to pull the trigger.”

“WikiLeaks has many young staff, volunteers and supporters in the same geographic vicinity as these the broadcast or circulation of these incitements to kill. We have also seen mentally unstable people travel from the US and other counties to other locations. Consequently we have to engage in extreme security measures.”

“We call on US authorities and others to protect the rule of law by aggressively prosecuting these and similar incitements to kill. A civil nation of laws can not have prominent members of society constantly calling for the murder and assassination of other individuals or groups.”

More examples:

http://www.peopleokwithmurderingassange.com/

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