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Showing posts with label The Raw Story. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Raw Story. Show all posts

Monday, December 31, 2018

American Racism Growing and Sreading

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Image result for US racists confederate flagFirst, let's visit with the self-appointed racist as he journeys around the department store with his racist mantle showing like a Confederate Flag.

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Yet another paring lot racist decides a black shopper didn't handle the parking situation to her liking. So, the "N" word rolled-out along with other obscenities. Alas, the age of Trump.
Portland Oregon racist hotel security guards fired after literally harassing a black man (who happened to use his cell phone) while speaking with his mother prior to Christmas Day. The guards actually called the cops on the hotel guest.

As hate exist how about the reports of the cancellation of Laura Ingraham's radio show due to advertiser boycotts. The Daily Kos published about the cancellation; linked, here. Ingraham has long espoused views which verged on what seemed to be white nationalism. After joining Fox News, a case can be made her vitriol became exponential. While the American public spoke as boycotts of her radio show advertisers seems to have lead to enough is enough

If reading this piece to this point hasn't upset your psyche regarding growing hate in the United States, The Raw Story offers the penultimate case. Black family attacked while exiting a Wal Mart parking lot resulting in the wounding of the driver and the death of her 7-year-old daughter.

Do you ever wonder why Fox News and other conservative media avoid such reports? Of course, if Right-wing media is your viewing and listening preference, reports of overt racism simply doesn't appeal to you.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Twelve Indictments Of Russian Military Hackers

"Russia Are You Watching"

Do you recall this from the 2016 presidential campaign?

By now (late in the day) you know the Justice Department has issued a statement of 12 indictments against Russian military officials and their efforts to hack into democrat party election computers and servers. While the indictments are not the first to come from the Mueller investigation into possible campaign collusion. The indictments are particularly stinging as Trump prepares to grovel-up to Vladimir Putin. It should be noted Trump wants to do his groveling in a one to one meeting with no media. Alas, the ultimate environment for a money hungry carnival barker (with a tendency towards dishonesty) to suckle-up to one of the humankind's more notable strongmen.

The DOJ indictment is embedded below. While the full indictment is 29 pages, you should consider reading the highlighted section on Page 2.  

HuffPo updated piece regarding the DOJ indictment of 12 Russian officials.
The Raw Story published a piece with six stunning revelations about the indictment.  Kudos to The Raw Story.

Keith Boykin also deserves hats-off for his reports of the extent to which Mueller is spending good investigation time and money on what could become the highest level of corruption in US political history.

100+ criminal counts 35 total indictments 32 people indicted 3 companies indicted 5 guilty pleas Paul Manafort in jail Michael Flynn guilty Trump told Russia to hack Trump staff met with Russians Trump Jr. worked w/Wikileaks This is not a witch hunt. It’s a criminal conspiracy.

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It appears Putin and the Russians were watching. StumbleUpon

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Trump Flim-Flam Talking Head Says: "Trickle-down" Worked

When will the nation come to the reality of a Trump campaign operating in the "fake it to make it" mood?  Aren't we intellectually adroit enough to discern a lie machine as it rolls slowly across the psyches of celebrity loving sycophants? Shouldn't the discerning adult have an innate ability to recognize a modern day flim-flam man?

The answers to the question an obvious: "NO".    

The 'snow job" is compounded when Trump surrogates are allowed to draw ratings by broadcasting segments with over-the top talking heads. One such mouthpiece is Trump New York State captain chair.  While CNN gives the official many opportunistic to reach unsuspecting viewers, the network reached back for a fired employee as a rebuttal guest.  Ali Velshi seems to have found the network since Trump's elitist economic speech.  we are fortunate he "found" the network because CNN is awash in Trump facilitators who can no more talk economics than they can effectively challenge Trump. 

Joe Borelli, Trump talking head, and obvious candidate for a White House postilion actually spoke about the success of Trickle-down economics. 

The Raw Story
Joe Borelli, the co-chair of Donald Trump’s New York campaign, asserted on Tuesday that “trickle-down economics” — a policy which experts say failed under President Ronald Reagan — had “actually worked.” 
After Trump revealed his tax plan, which is expected to largely benefit the wealthiest Americans, economic analyst Ali Velshi told CNN that the numbers did not add up. 
“The top income tax level in America is 39.6 percent,” Velshi explained on Tuesday. “To allow taxes to go down to a maximum of 25 percent and allow for Donald Trump’s [spending] increases is preposterous. If he doesn’t get anything else — he gets his expenditure increases and his tax decreases — we’ll have a budgetary hole of about $9 trillion extra.”

“And Donald Trump says we’ll take care of that with economic growth because people will pay less taxes, they’ll feel great about the economy, companies will employ people,” Velshi continued. “That is classic sort of trickle-down economics which actually hasn’t worked over the last 10 or 15 years.”
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Trump state campaign official says Trickle-down worked?

Do you really need more validation of the Trump campaign and Trumpism as a dangerous doctrine for the nation?  If you need more evidence, wait until tomorrow, more will come.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Death In Oregon

As the nation moves away from the first skirmish between the Oregon anarchists led by Cliven Bundy's sons, the death of the wildlife refuge takeover cabal has grabbed national news.

We should not be surprised about stories of an assassination of Lavoy Finicum. The surprise is the quickness with which some members of the cabal are truth-telling about Finicum's death. Stories of the "tent guy" on his knees with his hands in the held in the air are false. If you have a few minutes consider listening to some of the following video (twelve plus minutes) for what can be described as propaganda and attempts at martyrdom: linked here.

Herewith is a telling of the shooting from a conservative website. The piece has links to Fox News sites on which one writer headlined the words "Suicide by Cop."  The other Fox News links offer comment from a Finicum family member:

Young Conservatives

Ammon Bundy told his wife that Finicum was cooperating with police when he was shot, according to Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore. A Facebook account reportedly operated by one of Finicum’s 11 children, Thara Tenney, also said Finicum was cooperating.
“I want the world to know how my father was murdered today,” the post said. “His hands were in the air and he was shot in the face by the American authorities. Ammon Bundy reported there are six witnesses to this evil.”
The Raw Story offers a detailed telling of the incident with video and comments from anarchists who were involved in the roadblock incident.

The writer of the Young Conservative piece simply nailed the matter. Regardless of which story is based in fact, the entire incident and related death are a tragedy that was completely unavoidable.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Palin's Eldest Daughter Again Gets Pregnant, Dan Savages Respond And Geraldo Rivera To The Fox News Rescue

The following is in reference to this national news. 

Why is the story national news? Because, of our state of love for life as reality TV, and the continuing "gift" to the Sarah Palin's disjointed family via the US GOP.  The gift of wealthy, unearned, undeserved and frankly, akin to the old TV series "The Beverly Hillbillies." 

When it comes to the "Gift" Of the GOP and Fox News demagogue (former Fox News demagogues) we should expect a response from the network. Dan Savage, Gay Rights Activist, spoke frankly and honestly about the news of Bristol Palin's "Sex outside of marriage" By default he also criticised the Palin matriarch for her complete and utter hypocrisy in past criticism of unwed mothers.  

Of late, Fox has dispatched Megyn "White Santa; white Jesus" Kelly to perform its hatchet work against those who defile the Fox News Business model and its host of demagogues. The comments for Dan Savage (below) were met from a less visible yet equally mouthy Fox News conservative, who frankly has such a jaded past, he should have thought more about defending his employer.

Dan Savage via The Raw Story

The Raw Story

Dan Savage pointed out on Thursday that Bristol Palin’s announcement regarding her second pregnancy will likely be treated more favorably by conservatives, compared to their usual rhetoric regarding single mothers.
“If Bristol Palin’s last name was ‘Obama,’ the whole Hee Haw gang at Fox News would spend half of every day for the next nine months telling us that Bristol Obama has terrible parents — ‘Maybe Michelle should be less concerned with what your kids are eating and more concerned with what her kids are doing!’ — and the other half of the day pretending to fret over the terrible example that Bristol Obama was setting for other African American women and girls,” Savage wrote.
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While Fox is known for its zany and nonsensical response to what it perceives as an attack, Geraldo Rivera's response is historically and particularly disgusting unprofessional and outright "thuggish."

Rivera went "Fuck you, jerk off." You will be hard press to avoid the label "Thuggish" as you ingest Rivera's response.


Geraldo Rivera to Dan Savage: ‘F*ck You Jerk Off’

On Thursday evening we reported that in response to paid abstinence spokeswoman Bristol Palin‘s second out-of-wedlock pregnancy, columnist Dan Savage suggested the response from Fox News would be different if Palin were the daughter of President Barack Obama. Let’s just say Fox’s Geraldo Rivera was unhappy with this assertion.

“If Bristol Palin’s last name was ‘Obama,'” Savage wrote, “the whole Hee Haw gang at Fox News would spend half of every day for the next nine months telling us that Bristol Obama has terrible parents… and the half of the day pretending to fret over the terrible example that Bristol Obama was setting for other African American women and girls.”

Here’s Rivera’s response:

@Mediaite fxck you jerk off. Fox news doesn't have a reaction to anyone's pregnancy
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) June 26, 2015

Savage seemed bemused, if anything:

@Nickidewbear @GeraldoRivera @Mediaite Fxck you?

Sunday, May 17, 2015

What Is Racism: Distinguished Duke University Professor Joins The Growing Ranks Of Overt Racists

If you need evidence racism is not solely the cognitive deficiency of the less educated, think again.

The recent civil unrest in Baltimore led to a rather thoughtful and noteworthy New York Times editorial. The article apparently reached the eyes, mind and impetus to respond from a racist who is responsible via his profession for educating our young, gifted and possibly foundational pillars of the nation.

The subject NY Times editorial: How Racism Doomed Baltimore

Now meet the professorial racist:
Jerry Hough, James B. Duke
 professor of political science
...and a safe bet Republican voter

At Duke University, the title of James B. Duke Professor is given to a small number of the faculty with extraordinary records of achievement. At some universities, titles like "distinguished professor", "institute professor", or "regents professor" are counterparts of this title.
Jerry Hough is employed by Duke University; do not allow the Duke University "record of achievement" title of distinction, guide you away from one of the nation's most storied institutions of higher learning. According to Times Higher Duke ranks 34th among international colleges and universities. While this piece is not per se about Duke University, it should be noted in early April a Duke student admitted to hanging a noose form a campus tree.

Is there a problem at the University? What is the prospect the following sentiments and response to the NY Times editorial have a common thread in educator/student interaction? Of course, one can only speculate, and probably not arrive at an accurate answer. Coincidence, however, can be a horrible conduit to perception.  And, that takes one to the old axiom: "Perception is reality."

I digress.....

Let's take a look at part of Hough's response as he posited the NYT author was "what is wrong in the black community." The 'distinguished political sciences professor'  and (I assume) activist in the black community (facetious) keyboarded.....

Via The Raw Story
“[T]he blacks get symbolic recognition in an utterly incompetent mayor who handled this so badly from beginning to end that her resignation would be demanded if she were white,” he wrote. “The blacks get awful editorials like this that tell them to feel sorry for themselves.” 
Hough noted that “the Asians” faced discrimination throughout U.S. history: “They didn’t feel sorry for themselves, but worked doubly hard.” 
“I am a professor at Duke University,” he admitted. “Every Asian student has a very simple old American first name that symbolizes their desire for integration. Virtually every black has a strange new name that symbolizes their lack of desire for integration.”
Hough added that blacks made the problem worse by refusing to date white people. 
“It was appropriate that a Chinese design won the competition for the Martin Luther King state (Spelling should be statue),” he concluded. “King helped them overcome. The blacks followed Malcolm X.
If you wish to read Hough's full comment we offer an embed from the Duke Chronicle.

Hough's response to being placed on suspense by the university?

Watch the video below from WTVD, broadcast May 17, 2015.
The ABC affiliate attempted to secure an on-camera response from Hough, but he would only responded via email:
"Martin Luther King was my hero and I was a big proponent of all the measures taken at the time, including Affirmative Action. But the degree of integration is not what I expected, and it is time to ask why and to change our approach. I am, of course, strongly against the toleration of racial discrimination. I do not know what racial intolerance means in modern code words and hesitate to comment on that specific comment.
"The issue is whether my comments were largely accurate. In writing me, no one has said I was wrong, just racist. The question is whether I was right or what the nuanced story is since anything in a paragraph is too simple.
"I am strongly against the obsession with "sensitivity." The more we have emphasized sensitivity in recent years, the worse race relations have become. I think that is not an accident. I know that the 60 years since the Montgomery bus boycott is a long time, and things must be changed. The Japanese and other Asians did not obsess with the concentration camps and the fact they were linked with blacks as "colored." They pushed ahead and achieved. Coach K did not obsess with all the Polish jokes about Polish stupidity. He pushed ahead and achieved. And by his achievement and visibility, he has played a huge role in destroying stereotypes about Poles. Many blacks have done that too, but no one says they have done as well on the average as the Asians. In my opinion, the time has come to stop talking incessantly about race relations in general terms as the President and activists have advocated, but talk about how the Asians and Poles got ahead--and to copy their approach. I don't see why that is insensitive or racist."
Hough is a Harvard educated professor working at one of the top 50 universities on Earth. He claims an affinity for Martin Luther King Jr. while also harboring deep stereotypical generalizations about African-Americans. The professor felt compelled to seek and postulate on the "wrongs in the black community while ignoring another author's opinion on the ills of inner city America.  Alleged laziness in African-Americans is by far not the bottom-line basis for urban strife.  

The email comments above are fairly common rationales for disparaging the black community, but those who go there do not consider the impact of whites first hired, first promoted and are not encumbered by glass ceilings in corporate America. I posit it is safe to assume Hough has never sat and reviewed data inherent in an affirmative action plan with attention to participation rates in jobs categories above the level of Service Worker. He doesn't care to contemplate the impact of school systems left to lower tax rates when whites flee to suburbia and enroll their kids in private schools. Ultimately, he did not speak the dog whistle "welfare", but we can rest assured Hough will not acknowledge there are more white Americans on welfare than black Americans. He seems like many whites who simply lay inner city strife to its economically corralled denizens. He has the gall to ignore US history in its entirety while reaching to Japanese internment (due to racism an insecurity) for a flawed example of overcoming life's barriers.

One would think a Harvard educated professor would have the common sense to rid himself of ingrained racist that may have been implanted from birth and fully developed as he grew he grew to adulthood. Since, he doesn't seem to have developed beyond the psyche of a common racist, we can only await the outcome of his suspension for a readout on how Duke University  handles the likes of Hough in the classroom. 

Thirty-one percent of the university's student body is African-American. A fact that brings us to another intriguing dynamic. Hough's course offerings may be the perfect curriculum item for the many Duke University students who attract a high level of national acclaim via its athletic programs.

For those who will finish the read thinking, the good liberal, The Pardu, fell into a bit of racism via mention of Duke's athletic programs do not rush into that realm. Think first about the majority of white, Asian or Latino athletes who will find the good professor an untenable leader of an educational program and an undesirable as a lecture hall leader.


Friday, September 5, 2014

Right-wing Demagogues Laura Ingraham and Rafael Cruz And The Horrors They Speak:

Laura Ingraham


The ‘average black’ doesn’t understand why the minimum wage is bad

So, the people who elected Ted Cruz to the US Senate in 2010 paved the golden path for Cruz's racist father and his opportunity to scoop-up speaking fees. We have anxiously awaited document-able and video validation of the elder Cruz as a racist. His penchant for speaking on the far-right fringe is well documented and should serve as an indicator of what was to come. As is always the case, eventually all old dogs yield their inner core; they cannot change their bark.   

Cruz's inner core includes unadulterated racism to the level of blanket diminution of a people: African Americans.  Of course, Cruz uses the more common vernacular among Americans white elite and their reference to African-Americans as "the black." 

Of course, I have also heard Chris Matthews , MSNBC Hardball host, callously use a derivative of the vernacular: "The blacks."  I will readily admit use of the vernacular in some forms works very well and reciprocal use of "whites" can be found in certain TPI articles. Close scrutiny will find major differences in my use of "whites" and Cruz's "the black" and Matthews " the blacks."

I digress for sake of openness and fairness.

The last stop on the Rafeal Cruz racist roadshow was at a $25.00 per seat monthly meeting: Western Williamson Republican Club’s August meeting flyer.

While quoting language from a noted African-American conservative and Fox News stapled color commentator, Jason Riley, Cruz must have felt as comfortable as any member of the Ku Klux Klan while addressing the conservative meeting audience.

According to The Raw Story's Arturo Garcia, Cruz quoted as in this manner
Conservative activist Rafael Cruz argued that African-Americans need to be “educated” to oppose minimum wage laws, citing the work of a Black conservative member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board, Buzzfeed reported. 
“Jason Riley said in an interview, Did you know before we had minimum wage laws, Black unemployment and white unemployment were the same? If we increase the minimum wage, Black unemployment will skyrocket,” Cruz said during a speech to the Western Williamson County Republican Club in Texas last month. “See, he understands it, but the average Black does not.”
BuzzFeed this past on Tuesday of this week provided five minutes of the Cruz demagoguery. 

"....the black must be educated."



Saturday, August 9, 2014

Growing White Nationalism And America's Dying "Exceptionalism"



During the spring of this year, I published this post:  The "White Man March":  Alleged Oppression Is It Real?

If you did not follow the link above you missed this comment after the post. The person who left the comment used the Anonymous (name) feature, but the name isn't important.  The comment......

Being pro white doesn't mean you have to be anti non white .

Before I move on, The White Man March drew as many as 10 racist.  I would be more careful about use of the word "racist," but the images above and the embedded video leaves me no other option.  The robed figures above are not wearing church choir robes. 

Whites in America have every right to be as proud of their heritage as people of color. We are far to liberal to begrudge that human emotion and human right. We are also intellectually aware of differences in people, and we respect those differences. Yet, we admit to an extreme aversion to budding 'white nationalism' and its close relative racial hatred and xenophobia. 

Therefore, we place the images and video above on one side of the "white privilege" spectrum.  On another side of the spectrum, we find an even more dangerous and unwholesome form of racism. Quasi-subtle and "closeted" racism as feed for overt racism seems to be increasing and spreading to the point some Americans find it acceptable. It is literally becoming the norm. Racist are unabashedly taking their "white privilege" into more mainstream arenas. Privilege that oozes beyond the boundaries of the personal psychological deficiencies to  the open air of the public. Open air that reaches across the full span of American society.

How does bigotry and racism infiltrate and metastasize its way into the mainstream? Politicians, media (AM radio, Fox News and social media) serve as catalyst, feed and vehicles for overt racism we are seeing and hearing each and every day in America.

If you visit the site often, you know my position on un-abetted racism and bigotry attributable to Richard Nixon's and Ronald Reagan's political "Southern Strategy." The GOP leaders set a path of, "It is OK to be a bigot, racist or white nationalist." Of course, neither Nixon nor Reagan spoke in that manner, but each Republican president damned sure fostered and promulgated policy that advanced the political strategy that has oozed into action-oriented ideology and manifestation of current racial divisiveness.

If you want to see the ultimate example of "white privilege" that far exceeds the robed manifestations above, follow me for a bit. I offer a classic example from a recent radio interview: conservative voice mumbler Laura Ingraham and Alabama (surprise, surprise) Republican Congressman Mo Brooks.

Ingraham brought up an interview with National Journal’s Ron Fournier, in which he told Fox News’ Chris Wallace that the behavior of the so-called “Deportation Caucus” has made it “impossible for your party, the Republican party, to be the party of the future, because it’s seen as the party of white people.”

Rep. Brooks replied by saying that “this is a part of the war on white people that’s being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else.”

Laura Ingraham radio show audio: Linked
Mo Brooks and Ingraham are nurturers of white nationalism that is deleterious and has no place in America. I should say "no place in America beyond the racial demographic and comfort-zone of the GOP (92% white)." Neither demagogue can point to one concrete example of "white people suffering bias, discrimination or for that matter serious mistreatment from minorities.

Brooks and Ingraham aside, let's look at more evidence of a growing phenomenon and white privilege as moniker. You know the worm has turned when a white woman campaigns for elected office and her husband identifies as pro-white. The candidates spouse is comfortable enough with his white nationalism he brashly self-identifies as "pro-white." It is almost like the spectacle the reality of Clarence Thomas as a Supreme Court Justice and people thinking he would cast an unbiased Bench vote without regard for the six figure lobbying arrangement of his wife. 

Now, for the drum roll revelation: the candidate's wife is a Democrat. An intriguing prospect that adds credence to my posit of racial insensitivity and callousness going mainstream. 

Mediaite is  reporting in the somewhat unusual twist to the candidacy of Anna Zubkova and recent social media entries of her seemingly racist husband. Even the candidate doesn't bother to defend her husband.  

Mediate : On Rob Freeman 

Rob Freeman runs the site Mindweapons in Ragnarok, and in a recent post he makes that rather bold declaration about his pro-whiteness.
Freeman said, “I am pro-white, because so much out there is anti-white. I am defending that part of my identity that is being attacked. I am not attacking other races, I am defending my own, and I welcome all sincere allies — Black, Hispanic, Jewish, Asian, Muslim, Arab, Persian. If I missed anyone, chime in.”
Zubkova offers a disclaimer :
“He did not have those views when we married, but acquired them after,” she said. “What am I supposed to do? Divorce him? It’s not unusual for husbands and wives to have different views. As a judge, I can assure you would not discriminate against anyone, even based on their beliefs. In my career, I’ve represented clients from many different backgrounds and races, all to the best of my knowledge and ability.”
Well, divorce is not an option and is actually not an expectation. 

However, it is impossible to believe Freeman was a convert from open-minded on race to a white nationalist and racist within the period of the marriage. In fact, he previously stated whites need a voice while sporting a past of affiliation with Nazism. 
"He believes white people need a “collective voice” like other groups do. Freeman used to be involved with an extreme neo-Nazi group."
Next, and the key point.....should Zubkova's constituents trust her as void of the same or similar belief systems. The salient question: "Has Freeman's comfort with his case of oozing white privilege and white nationalism provided consideration of a campaign recess for Zubkova.

Our reason for publishing this piece relates to growing tolerance of racism and bigotry. The nation seems to be growing away from tolerance of our diverse world, while growing more tolerant of people who harbor views that are anti-diverse. Some say and write the phenomenon is due to paranoia about the nations changing demographics. I have much more dire and horrific thoughts on the problem. We have evidence of racial and ethnic divisiveness that led to human tragedy through the history of humankind.

I personally have no reason to sit comfortably in what some of you call "American Exeptionalism." America is not an exceptional nation and in many ways it takes a back seat to other nations and societies, especially regarding issues of race, ethnicity and diversity.