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Friday, January 2, 2015

If nothing else, they are consistent


(Thank you to all who contacted me via email to express your sympathy on our family's recent loss.  I appreciate your kind words and friendship.)




Steve Scalise, new U.S. House of Representatives GOP Majority Whip, voted against MLK Holiday -- twice.  And he's shown respect for and friendship toward white supremacist groups. (Although now that he's been caught making nice with the white supremacists, he "regrets" it.)

This is not surprising coming from the political party that routinely insulted and still insults our first bi-racial president and his family, starting with their non-stop demands to see President Obama's birth certificate, something no other president has had to endure.  While they piously claim to not hold any racial prejudices (it's only President Obama's policies they're against, you see), they continue to get caught sharing filthy racist photo shopped images of Mr. and Mrs. Obama, as well as disgusting racist jokes and slurs.  In our own little circle of blogging acquaintances, Lisa's blog, otherwise known as the Smut Hut, regularly hosts low-lifes who make fun of Malia and Sasha, and the First Lady with racial smears and slander.

These bottom-feeders may not be the majority, but they are very welcome in the GOP and are very comfortable in maligning and defaming the POTUS and FLOTUS.  But they never miss a Sunday when they show off to their followers what exceptionally devout and humble Christianists they are.  

As I said, if nothing else, these Scalise types are consistent in loving the malice and ugly racism they wallow in on a daily basis.



Robert Reich:

"The Republican’s problem isn’t just Representative Michael Grimm resigning Congress after pleading guilty for tax evasion, or Steve Scalise, the 3rd-ranking House Republican, giving a speech at a White Nationalist hate group. It runs deeper. The radical right that now dominates the Republican Party disdains government and has no respect for equal rights. So it’s no surprise that some of the people it recruits won’t pay the taxes they owe or will give speeches at such forums. Grimm and Scalise aren’t just two rotten apples. I fear congressional Republicans have a barrel of them."


13 comments:

Rusty Old Ford said...

Conservative pols and heroes. Scalise is a perfect exmple.

M123 said...

These poor Republicans are always being misunderstood. Their innocent words are always taken out of context. They really didn't mean to offend with that picture of President Obama with a bone in his nose. They just didn't know that a group associated with David Duke was a neo-Nazi racist organization. They just had a wide stance in that airport bathroom. They didn't know it was illegal to send their maid out to score Oxy. The poor things are clearly the unluckiest people in the world..

Rational Nation USA said...

Clearly we are a nation divided and all indications are the divisions may very well become permanent. It is IMO a shameful state we are in an whether one likes to hear it or not the responsibility to a greater or lesser degree is shared by the politicians and elected officials in both parties as well as the media.

It looks like 2015 is starting off to be a repeat of past years and all too many blogs, news media, and of course politicians and pundits are all to ready to stir the fires.

Does anyone really think and believe it is going to get any better? Modus operandi for politicians and ideologues... ivied and conquer.

See ya in the streets.

Rational Nation USA said...

Don't know how divide ended up as it did. It looked right just before I hit the publish button. ;-)

Does this portend another bad year?

Shaw Kenawe said...

Auto correct is weird. "ivied and conquer" is awesome. Sounds like an Ivy League Fight Song.

Rational Nation USA said...

Hm, it does have a ring to it.

Sila's Tail said...

Ding, ding, ding!

We have a winnah!

Clancy McRedass said...

Found on an literacy-challenged conservative blog:


I'm an(sic) 55 year old man who could answer questions as fast as given to me.(sic) Yet, the College(sic) graduates of today can't point to Afghanistan on a map - or, in most case,(sic) can't find Germany or Bolivia. They have no clue what a Civics(sic) class is or what the purpose of "government" is. They can't tell you the first line of the Declaration of Independence. The “Kids”(sic) of today have no interest in politics except that the(sic) know that they want “Free Stuff”


And they damn sure CAN tell you who Kim Kardashian is screwing at the moment. Or who is playing in the Super Bowl this year.

These "so call(sic) citizens" don't give two shits-in-the-wind about the "news media" unless it's TMZ. So, your idea that it is the "media pronouncement" that determines elections is, in my opinion, without merit. Thee(sic) "voters" have to actually WATCH or READ the media in order to be influenced by it.

No Sir, thanks to our public school system, we have raised a nation or(sic) veritable idiots - not an informed electorate.

Wrote the "veritable idiot."

Isn't that what the Liberal Nazi's(sic) in this country set out to do? Congratulations. They succeeded."


Q.E.D.

Anonymous said...

I bet it was for politics,you know the same excuse Robert Byrd used

Josh said...

There's a commercial in circulation now that really drives the point home for me that MLK needs about a dozen holidays. We have all these religious holidays, but only one for King?

In the commercial, you see a clip of King speaking, and then clips of people--who are all pretty well-spoken people--talking about poverty and hunger and suchlike. It becomes apparent that King's skills as an orator are unmatched.

He didn't make an impact because he was speaking truth at a time America needed. He didn't make an impact because of his obvious bravery and sacrifice. Facts, figures, stats, etc -- these things have no impact. The man spoke with true heart and passion. If you can bottle up anything you might claim is a "soul," it poured out of his every pore when he spoke. Folks these days, even when speaking about serious issues, are just unable to tap into that empathetic center of the brain like King could.

So, a big shout for more MLK respect, and also for America's modern-day King -- Mr. Tommy Sotomayor.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Tommy Sotomayor:

“I want to say this before I start off: I have no problem with a person’s sεxual orientation or a person’s want or need for sεxual experimentation," he said. "Now with that said, these boys are the reason why we need to stop claiming that black children don’t need their fathers.”

He then added that single black mothers oftentimes take credit for rearing noteworthy children, but they blame absent fathers when the children experience challenges. He also goes on to claim that the black race has become androgynous and claimed that black women have failed.

“The black race looks like the 80s," he said. "You don’t know who is what. The women look like men, the men look like women."

Sotomayor is no stranger to controversy. When Jason Collins made headlines for coming out, Sotomayor called the NBA veteeran "a liar" and "a fraud."


Modern day MLK? IMO, no. Comedian and person who makes a living spouting controversial generalizations that try to explain complex problems.

Dr. King was more serious.

skudrunner said...

We have presidents day to honor great presidents like R Reagan and BJ Clinton. Why not just have a day to honor martyr's because the way things are going each side has hundreds of them. I doubt even the federal government can afford another 50 days paid leave for all employees.

I know everyone shares in my hope, that Harry is well enough to hand over the keys. Maybe he will pull a hillary and be to hurt to attend after all both of them did fall.

Josh said...

"Controversial"? Hell yes.

"Generalizations"? When quote-mined, sure.

I'm 34 years old, and all my life I've heard from every direction that white people--white society, white supremacy, white privilege--is the reason why black people struggle.

That's also the common sentiment around here, if I'm not mistaken.

I've heard it's the reason more blacks are in jail. I've heard it's the reason more black kids get in trouble in school. I've heard it's the reason more single black women have children and different fathers for multiple children. I've heard it's the reason for young punks who rob and steal and deal drugs and murder others. If they weren't poor and oppressed, everything would be gravy.

The first I watched one of Tommy's videos, it was a clip of about 40 folks fighting in the park. He asked, "What's missing here?" My first thought: Men. His answer: The men, the fathers. From there, I've watched this guy build one of the most incredibly solid cases I've ever seen, which suggests the number-one problem poor blacks face today is bad single mothers.

That's revolutionary in contrast with the only acceptable mainstream line of "white supremacy.

When the 16-year-old punk shoots someone for their Jordans, or that kid in school who makes learning impossible for everyone, or the drug dealer, or the thief -- what do they have in common? They are the bastard sons of single mothers.

That said, Sotomayor isn't without his own outlandish and controversial postulates on things. He believes white men intentionally fund single black mothers to destroy the black man. He says things like "white people invented violence." He seems to be a creationist. But when addressing his community, he seems to be one of the only people who actually care about the current state of affairs to the point of addressing solutions and true self-empowerment.

While the overwhelming majority of people point at the boogeyman, like ancient peoples claiming a god behind thunder, he shows empirically how the destruction takes place, and exactly who's behind it.

He's King worthy in my estimation. He happens to be funny as hell. But he's serious as a heart attack about what's damaging his community. He cares passionately about the people he consistently calls "[his] people," and he is habitually distraught over what he calls the fall of the black race in the eyes of the world.

That's a damn sight more than I can say about those who stand up there and read from their script about how more money is needed, more opportunities are needed, less white supremacy will solve everything!

Not as long as women keep having bastards they can't afford nor have the necessary skill to raise into well-adjusted adults. And as far as I'm aware, he's the only voice addressing the issue. Well ahead of his time, while tragically being very late for the party.