THEY TOLD ME IF TRUMP GOT THE NOMINATION, SEGREGATION WOULD MAKE A COMEBACK. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Video: Black Lives Matter Segregates Reporters by Race.
THEY TOLD ME IF TRUMP GOT THE NOMINATION, BOOKSELLERS WOULD BE SHUT DOWN FOR DISPLEASING THE AUTHORITIES. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Police Confiscate Thousands of Books from Upper West Side Street Vendors.
THEY TOLD ME IF THE GOP NOMINATED DONALD TRUMP WE’D SEE A RETURN TO RACIAL SEGREGATION — AND THEY WERE RIGHT! UW-Madison Criticized for Racially Segregated Meetings After Dallas.
THEY TOLD ME IF DONALD TRUMP GOT THE NOMINATION, AMERICAN POLITICS WOULD BECOME A CESSPIT OF RACISM, ANTI-SEMITISM, AND HOMOPHOBIA. And they were right! Tablet Magazine: Donald Trump’s Little Boy Is a Gay Half-Jew With Jungle Fever.
FIVE YEARS AGO ON INSTAPUNDIT:
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN WE’D SEE WHISTLEBLOWERS PURSUED WITH A VENGEANCE. And they were right! “When President Barack Obama took office, in 2009, he championed the cause of government transparency, and spoke admiringly of whistle-blowers, whom he described as ‘often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government.’ But the Obama Administration has pursued leak prosecutions with a surprising relentlessness. Including the Drake case, it has been using the Espionage Act to press criminal charges in five alleged instances of national-security leaks—more such prosecutions than have occurred in all previous Administrations combined.”
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED REPUBLICAN, THE SEX POLICE WOULD BE OUT IN FORCE. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Connecticut senate passes affirmative consent bill.
Connecticut is one step closer to ensuring college students are easily accused of sexual assault for not following a government-mandated list of rules for the bedroom.
The state senate, late Wednesday evening, passed an affirmative consent bill — or “yes means yes” legislation — designed to force students engaging in sexual activity to follow a question-and-answer formula. From the moment the students are about to touch, they would have to ask: “May I kiss you?” “May I touch you here?” etc.
Proponents of the policy insist this isn’t true, that the bill merely defines consent as an “active, clear and voluntary agreement by a person.” But that is not the only language in the bill. Similar bills have passed in California, Hawaii and New York, and while they allow nonverbal communication to count as consent, but there can be too much ambiguity in a nod or a moan.
The policy decouples context from the totality of the sexual experience. If a student fails to ask for permission before one escalation, but asks for it for a different escalation, the entire encounter can be considered sexual assault. If a student has been drinking (the bill doesn’t require an accuser to prove they were incapacitated), then all consent is negated. Further, once someone is accused, their level of intoxication doesn’t matter, even if under the same policy they could be considered too incapacitated to consent.
As I keep saying, these laws violate Lawrence v. Texas. Especially when applied to Dionysexuals.
THEY TOLD ME IF DONALD TRUMP BECAME THE FRONTRUNNER MISOGYNY WOULD BE EVERYWHERE. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Maryland Democrats Have A Woman Problem.
For the first time since 1971, Maryland might have an all-male congressional delegation after the 2016 elections — and it will be the fault of Democrats.
This is the party that constantly accuses Republicans of being “anti-woman” and brags that they have more women in Congress. Now here they are, not even nominating any women in Maryland.
It’s made all the more alarming by the fact that Sen. Barabara Mikulski, D-Md., the longest-serving woman in Congress, who has spent her time advocating for more women in politics, is retiring. Two well-known Democrats were vying for Mikulski’s open seat — Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards. Van Hollen won the primary by 14 points. His campaign also outraised Edwards by a 2-to-1 margin.
Outside groups boosted Edwards more, however, including the well-known EMILY’s List. But the group’s influence has waned significantly in recent years.
Why do the Democrats hate women?
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, BIG CORPORATIONS WOULDN’T PAY TAXES. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! IRS Auditing Of Big Corporations Plummets. Well, when you spend that much time harassing the Tea Party, something has to give.
More seriously, this is something a populist Republican candidate could make hay out of. Ordinary citizens sweat their taxes while big corporations skate.
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY WE’D SEE STUFF LIKE THIS. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Protect Your Womb From the Devil Drink: Let’s talk about the CDC’s bonkers new alcohol guidelines for women.
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, AN INTRUSIVE, SEX-CRAZED FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD BE OPPRESSING US. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Homeland Security Asking Hotel Staff to Report Customers for Too Many Condoms.
Abolish the Department of Homeland Security. I was a critic when it was founded, but it’s turned out worse than even I expected.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Segregation is making a comeback — on college campuses.
Segregation was outlawed half a century ago, but some want to bring it back, at least on college campuses. And those seeking to bring segregation back are African-Americans — the very group hurt most by it in the early part of the 20th century.
Across the country last fall, college students began protesting alleged oppression and discrimination by white administrators and students. Most of the grievances centered around a lack of black professors or the names of certain buildings, but some protesters are asking for “safe spaces” where whites aren’t allowed.
A website called TheDemands.org details the 76 demand lists from protesters across the country. The College Fix has noted that many of the lists call for segregated sections of campus.
They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, crazed racists would be pushing for a return to the pre-Brown era. And they were right!
THEY TOLD ME IF WE RE-ELECTED BARACK OBAMA, SHARIA LAW WOULD GOVERN AMERICA’S HEARTLAND. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Univ. of Missouri prof arrested for dragging hijab-less teenage girl by the hair. “Youssif Zaghwani Omar, an assistant professor at the University of Missouri, was arrested on suspicion of child abuse this past week for ‘allegedly grabbing a 14-year-old female relative by the hair and dragging her into a car after he noticed she wasn’t wearing a hijab.’ Omar was at a local high school when he saw the girl without the Muslim headscarf.”
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, AMERICA WOULD RETURN TO SEGREGATION. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Mizzou Demonstrators Segregate White Allies to Form ‘Black Only Healing Space.’
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, FEMINIST FILMMAKERS WOULD BE CENSORED. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! ‘The Red Pill’ Filmmaker Started to Doubt Her Feminist Beliefs… Now Her Movie Is at Risk.
WELL, “ENTRYISM” HAS WORKED FOR LEFTIES BEFORE: Liberal Manhattan Legislator Proposes Infiltrating the NRA With Gun Control Backers. “Ms. Krueger, one of the state’s leading progressive Democrats, called for the creation of the covert cell within the NRA—the nation’s largest pro-firearms lobby—at a pro-gun control event at Hunter College.”
However, I’m not sure there are enough committed gun-control backers to swing the membership of an organization the size of the NRA.
But hey, they told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, we’d see “covert cells” infiltrating leading civil rights organizations to destroy their work. And they were right!
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, AMERICA WOULD BECOME AN OVERWEENING NATIONAL-SECURITY STATE. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Obama administration quietly explored ways to bypass smartphone encryption. “The approaches were analyzed as part of a months-long government discussion about how to deal with the growing use of encryption in which no one but the user can see the information. . . . All four approaches amount to what most cryptography experts call a ‘backdoor’ because they would require developers to alter their systems by adding a surreptitious mechanism for accessing encrypted content, according to Joseph Lorenzo Hall, chief technologist at the Center for Democracy & Technology.”
JUSTICE IN THE OBAMA ERA: To get my father, Xiaoxing Xi, FBI twisted America’s ideals: Joyce Xi.
This is not the America I thought I knew.
I did not know FBI agents could wake my family in the early morning and enter our home, point guns at my mother, sister and me, and forcefully drag my father away in handcuffs without real evidence of a crime. I did not know they could then obtain a search warrant to flip through our entire home and seize our belongings, including some of my little sister’s things. I did not know the government could restrict my father’s freedom for months and force him to fight for his innocence with only false and reckless claims against him.
I know, sorry, you thought you lived in America. You’re not the first Asian to make that mistake in the Obama era. But, you know, we’ve been “fundamentally transformed.” Hopey Changey!
Alternate: They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, we’d live in a dystopian national security state where incompetent thugs trampled the rights of innocent Americans. And they were right!
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, WE’D HAVE AN ANTI-SCIENCE GOVERNMENT THAT WOULD BRUTALIZE INNOCENT FOREIGNERS. AND THEY WERE RIGHT!
When the Justice Department arrested the chairman of Temple University’s physics department this spring and accused him of sharing sensitive American-made technology with China, prosecutors had what seemed like a damning piece of evidence: schematics of sophisticated laboratory equipment sent by the professor, Xi Xiaoxing, to scientists in China.
The schematics, prosecutors said, revealed the design of a device known as a pocket heater. The equipment is used in semiconductor research, and Dr. Xi had signed an agreement promising to keep its design a secret.
But months later, long after federal agents had led Dr. Xi away in handcuffs, independent experts discovered something wrong with the evidence at the heart of the Justice Department’s case: The blueprints were not for a pocket heater.
Faced with sworn statements from leading scientists, including an inventor of the pocket heater, the Justice Department on Friday afternoon dropped all charges against Dr. Xi, an American citizen.
It was an embarrassing acknowledgment that prosecutors and F.B.I. agents did not understand — and did not do enough to learn — the science at the heart of the case before bringing charges that jeopardized Dr. Xi’s career and left the impression that he was spying for China.
“I don’t expect them to understand everything I do,” Dr. Xi, 57, said in a telephone interview. “But the fact that they don’t consult with experts and then charge me? Put my family through all this? Damage my reputation? They shouldn’t do this. This is not a joke. This is not a game.”
It’s clown cars all the way down.
LEON WOLF: President Obama, Commute Sharanda Jones’ Sentence. “Sharanda Jones is currently serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole at Carswell Federal Prison in Texas. Life without the possibility of parole is the second-harshest sentence our justice system can mete out, short only of the death penalty, and that not by much. What, you might ask yourself, did Sharanda Jones do to merit this sentence? She was convicted of a single, non-violent drug offense involving crack cocaine. This conviction stemmed from her first ever arrest, and she was not even caught with crack in her possession.”
They told me if I voted Republican, black women would get the shaft from an harsh and merciless Department Of Justice. And they were right!
Oh, well. She may be getting hammered by the Obama Administration, but at least she’s got the folks at RedState going to bat for her. . . .
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, GAY ESCORT SERVICES WOULD BE TREATED AS NATIONAL SECURITY THREATS. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Homeland Security Raids Rentboy.com. DHS “will use its unique authorities to disrupt and dismantle” gay escort sites, says special investigator.
How about we dismantle the Department of Homeland Security, which was a mistake from day one.
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY — WELL, OKAY, NO, NOBODY PREDICTED THIS: Black Mississippi flag supporter dies in car crash after argument: Anthony Hervey was killed when his car spun out of control after an argument with a group of black men in another car.
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, PRUDES WOULD BE TERRORIZING OUR COLLEGES. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! LSU Prof Fired for Telling Jokes Is Latest Victim of College Anti-Sex Hysteria.
SO I WENT TO THE NEW YORK TIMES SCIENCE PAGE, and it was all about the Pope.
They told me if I voted Republican, America would wind up taking scientific dictation from religious leaders. And they were right!
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, SCIENCE JOURNALS WOULD BE CENSORED BY PRUDISH ZEALOTS. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Northwestern Risks Academic Freedom (Again) by Censoring Bioethics Journal with ‘Bad Girls’ Theme.
AND YET, IN COLLEGE, HE PROBABLY MOCKED REEFER MADNESS: Gov. Andrew Cuomo enacts policy based on propaganda film.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was so taken in by the documentary “The Hunting Ground” that he is using it to promote his campus sexual assault agenda.
Cuomo screened the film for a private audience at the Lincoln Center last week, and promoted his “Enough is Enough” strategy for combating campus sexual assault. His proposal would make “yes means yes” consent standards the law of the land for all New York colleges and universities — including private universities.
Late last year, Cuomo directed the State University of New York and its 64 campuses to adopt the consent policy, which requires “affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement” that is “ongoing throughout a sexual activity and can be revoked at any time.” The policy also states that a “lack of protest or resistance does not mean consent, nor does silence mean consent.”
This new definition of consent makes nearly every sexual encounter illegal unless a constant back and forth of “May I…?” is practiced. Also, consuming drugs or alcohol negates consent, as all an accuser has to say is that she was too drunk to consent. The law provides no due process protections, so accusations are the main — if not the only — evidence available. Combine that with a “preponderance of evidence” standard, which says that a campus hearing panel must be just 50.01 percent sure the accuser is telling the truth, and a culture that says no one lies about rape, and you have a recipe for injustice against accused students.
Cuomo’s basing his agenda, in part, on “The Hunting Ground,” an alleged “documentary” film with nearly as many holes as Rolling Stone’s gang-rape story (the film at least includes accusations against real people). The film relies on dubious, misleading and one-sided accounts of sexual assault allegations — and the filmmakers didn’t give accused students or universities a chance to respond until after the film was finished and submitted to the Sundance Film Festival. It also relies on debunked statistics to claim that American college women are living in a “rape culture” with danger at every turn.
But Cuomo fell for — or sees an opportunity in — “The Hunting Ground” hook, line and sinker. And now he’s using it to curry favor with activists with no regard to the damage these policies do to the wrongly accused.
They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, sexaphobes would be micromanaging people’s sex lives. And they were right!
VIRGINIA POSTREL: Reason Magazine Subpoena Stomps on Free Speech.
Wielding subpoenas demanding information on anonymous commenters, the government is harassing a respected journalism site that dissents from its policies. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York claims these comments could constitute violent threats, even though they’re clearly hyperbolic political rhetoric.
This is happening in America — weirdly, to a site I founded, and one whose commenters often earned my public contempt.
Los Angeles legal blogger Ken White has obtained a grand jury subpoena issued to Reason.com, the online home of the libertarian magazine I edited throughout the 1990s. The subpoena seeks information about commenters who posted in response to an article by the site’s editor Nick Gillespie about the letter that Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht wrote to Judge Katherine B. Forrest before she sentenced him to life in prison without parole. Ulbricht was convicted of seven felony charges, included conspiracies to traffic in narcotics and launder money, and faced a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison. The letter was an appeal for leniency.
They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, constitution-trampling prosecutors would be attacking free speech. And they were right!
And here’s more from TechDirt.
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, NATIONAL-SECURITY PARANOIA WOULD PREVAIL. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Arms control treaty could land security researchers like me in jail.
ASHE SCHOW: Obama, the most sexist President ever?
If verbal sleights (or microaggressions) are equal to violence against women — and if you’ve been paying attention to the current state of college campuses, they are — then President Obama is one of the worst offenders in modern history, if not ever.
Exhibit A: Yesterday, Senate Democrats blocked a trade bill supported by Obama and Republicans (yes, you read that correctly). Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., led the revolt by Democrats. On Saturday, Obama said the following of Warren:
“The truth of the matter is that Elizabeth is, you know, a politician like everybody else. And you know, she’s got a voice that she wants to get out there. And I understand that.”
Did you see the sexism? Did you see it? Those three sentences are teeming with sexism so wrong, so disrespectful, I’m surprised the outrage brigade isn’t calling for his head. . . .
This is just Obama’s most recent brush with sexism. After all, this is a man who has been waging his own “war on women” for years. In 2013, he was considering replacing Debbie Wasserman Schultz as head of the Democratic National Committee, which is about as sexist a thing as anyone could do. Wasserman Schultz was prepared to call him out on it in such terms. Luckily for Obama, she was mollified by the patriarchy and allowed to keep her job.
And let’s not forget May 2008, when then-Sen. Obama called a female reporter “sweetie” during a visit to a Chrysler plant in Sterling Heights, Pa. A month earlier, he had called a female factory worker in Allentown, Pa., “sweetie” as well. And don’t forget his famous sexist response to Hillary Clinton: “You’re likable enough, Hillary.”
That’s a seven-year history of sexism for Obama.
They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney we’d have a president who was dismissive toward women. And they were right!
IT’S COME TO THIS: NOW president: Obama’s Warren critique sexist.
National Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry O’Neill on Wednesday called President Obama’s critique of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sexist.
O’Neill told The Hill she took issue with Obama calling Warren by her first name during an interview with Yahoo News published Saturday.
“Yes, I think it is sexist,” O’Neill said. “I think the president was trying to build up his own trustworthiness on this issue by convincing us that Senator Warren’s concerns are not to be taken seriously. But he did it in a sexist way.”
Obama told Yahoo that Warren was opposing his trade agenda to further her own political brand.
“The truth of the matter is that Elizabeth is, you know, a politician like everybody else. And you know, she’s got a voice that she wants to get out there. And I understand that,” Obama told Yahoo.
O’Neill said Obama’s “clear subtext is that the little lady just doesn’t know what she’s talking about.”
“I think it was disrespectful,” O’Neill said.
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) suggested Obama’s remarks were sexist earlier Tuesday, according to reports.
They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, we’d have a sexist President who condescended to the “little ladies.” And they were right!
GOOD. HE WAS BASICALLY SERVED UP AS A SCAPEGOAT: Judge won’t dismiss lawsuit from band director fired over sexual assault accusations.
Last year, Waters was fired after an internal investigation (which conveniently coincided with an investigation by the Department of Education for Title IX investigations) revealed a “sexualized” culture within the band that Waters failed to adequately stop. Complaints included hazing of new band members (that only a small percentage of the 225-member band found objectionable), an unofficial songbook containing vulgar lyrics for OSU fight songs and an allegedly mishandled sexual assault accusation.
The hazing and other traditions predated Waters, but in the current environment of Title IX witch hunts, someone had to be held accountable. Waters says that OSU officials told him he would be allowed to keep his job if he adopted a “zero-tolerance” policy. Then, two weeks later, he was fired. Shortly thereafter, the Department of Education ended its investigation into OSU, even citing the firing as one reason.
They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, prudes would be mounting sexual witch-hunts on America’s college campuses. And they were right!
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, WE’D SEE RACISM ACROSS ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Kentucky judge criticized for telling parents they fostered racist behavior in daughter. “A Kentucky judge blamed two parents for their young girl’s ‘constant fear of black men’ after an armed robbery she witnessed, local reports said. The parents argued for a tougher sentence for the man convicted of busting into their Louisville home at gunpoint while their daughter watched ‘Spongebob Square Pants,’ according to the Courier-Journal. Judge Olu Stevens blasted Jordan and Tommy Gray’s victim impact statement at a court hearing in February and again recently in a Facebook post he later deleted. . . . Stevens contends the statement played no role in his decision to sentence the robber, 27-year-old Gregory Wallace, who pleaded guilty to the March 21, 2013, crime, to only five years’ probation.”
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED AGAINST BARACK OBAMA, WE’D HAVE POLITICIANS OBSESSED WITH ETHNIC PURITY. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! “A Brooklyn city councilwoman wants to know why ‘blocs’ of Asians are living in two Fort Greene housing projects — and suggested it would be ‘beneficial’ to assign housing by ethnic group.”
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, WE’D HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO WAS IN THE POCKET OF ANTI-CHOICE FORCES. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Iran’s Plan to Boost Declining Birth Rate? Block Access to Birth Control.
THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S crackdown on prostitution. They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney. . . oh, hell, you know the rest.
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, RACISTS WOULD BE OPPOSING INTERRACIAL MARRIAGE. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! State senator says all white people are racist and ‘polluted’ his blood.
Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers said all white people are racist and that his blood was “polluted” by white people last week while filibustering a bill and lambasting a state education board member who has rejected calls for his resignation after his blog called the president a “half-breed.”
Chambers, a 77-year-old African American senator who is the state’s longest serving lawmaker, made the comments about race while filibustering a bill that would increase the fee for marriage licenses.
Boy, those people who warned me about voting for Mitt Romney sure were smart.
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD PRESSURE COLLEGES INTO BECOMING ISLANDS OF JOYLESS PURITANISM. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Dartmouth To Establish New Sex Rules, Ban Liquor On Campus Even For Those Of Legal Drinking Age.
OBAMAVILLES: More homeless camps are appearing beyond downtown L.A.’s skid row. They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, oligarchs would grow fabulously wealthy even as poverty worsened. And they were right!
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, THE CIA WOULD ESCAPE ALL MEANINGFUL CIVILIAN CONTROL. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! After Scrutiny, C.I.A. Mandate Is Untouched.
Though, snark aside, that’s not really what’s going on here: “The scathing report the Senate Intelligence Committee delivered this month is unlikely to significantly change the role the C.I.A. now plays in running America’s secret wars. A number of factors — from steadfast backing by Congress and the White House to strong public support for clandestine operations — ensure that an agency that has been ascendant since President Obama came into office is not likely to see its mission diminished, either during his waning years in the White House or for some time after that.”
Actually, it would be just as fair to say that the CIA is doing exactly what civilians want it to.
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY WE’D SEE A RETURN TO RACIAL SEGREGATION. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Missouri white students told not to take part in Ferguson ‘die-in’ demonstration.
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR . . . OH, HELL, YOU KNOW THE REST: Democratic Senator Tim Kaine calls the war against ISIS “illegal.”
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN . . . OH, HELL, YOU KNOW. Deep-pocketed Dem donor on Obama’s nuke deal: Israel should ‘bomb the living daylights’ out of Iran. Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb bomb Iran.
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED REPUBLICAN, IT WOULD BE OPEN SEASON ON BLACK WOMEN: New emails show White House role in Sherrod ouster.
A 2010 email from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says his department was “waiting for the go-ahead” from the White House before accepting the resignation of employee Shirley Sherrod, according to newly released documents, despite Obama administration assertions that her ouster was Vilsack’s decision alone.
The email, which was made public Friday in an ongoing federal court case over the matter, shed more light on the evening of July 19, 2010, when the USDA hastily asked Sherrod to resign after a video showing her making supposed racist remarks surfaced on a conservative website. Her dismissal turned into a racial firestorm after it became clear that the video had been edited and her remarks were meant to tell a story of reconciliation.
Both the White House and Vilsack have repeatedly said the agriculture secretary made the decision to ask for Sherrod’s resignation without White House input. The emails, along with earlier emails obtained by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act in 2010 and 2012, make it apparent that Vilsack wanted Sherrod to leave the department and ordered her resignation. But a newly-released email sent by Vilsack himself suggests he was awaiting a decision from White House officials on how to proceed.
I never doubted that there was White House involvement in that decision. Nor did anyone else who was paying attention.
WAR ON WOMEN: Rep. Alan Grayson’s Estranged Wife & Kids on Gov’t Assistance as Dem Refuses to Support Them. “Barely a week after being named the 17th richest member of Congress, liberal firebrand and Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson is refusing to support his estranged wife and their kids, and his wife has turned to government food stamps to support her family, WFTV 9 Orlando reports. . . . Barely a week after being named the 17th richest member of Congress, liberal firebrand and Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson is refusing to support his estranged wife and their kids, and his wife has turned to government food stamps to support her family, WFTV 9 Orlando reports.” They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney. . . .
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, EXPLOITED WORKERS WOULD GET THIRD-WORLD WAGES. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Bay Area tech company caught paying imported workers $1.21 per hour. But hey, the company got a $3,500 fine.
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, UNPOPULAR RELIGIOUS MINORITIES WOULD BE CRUSHED. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Couer d’Alene City Attorney confirms: conservative Christian ministers’ wedding chapel business must provide same-sex marriage ceremonies. “The government can’t require the employees or owners of a for-profit newspaper or motivational speaker service to say the Pledge of Allegiance as a condition of staying in business, just as it can’t require noncommercially minded schoolchildren to say the Pledge. The government can’t require such for-profit businesses to display ‘Live Free or Die’ on their company cars. It can’t require for-profit newspapers to publish things they don’t want to publish. Likewise, it can’t require for-profit officiants of verbal ceremonies (especially religious ceremonies, but secular ones as well) to say things they choose not to say.”
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, STORE SHELVES WOULD BE FLOODED WITH DANGEROUS, UNAPPROVED DRUGS. And they were right!
HEATHER MAC DONALD: Neo-Victorianism on Campus: Is this the end of the collegiate bacchanal? They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney . . . oh, hell, you know the rest.
Related: Women Are Too Weak To Say No To Sex.
And this will only accelerate the deflation of the Higher Education Bubble.
HEADS NEED TO ROLL FOR THIS STUFF, AND I’M NOT SURE I MEAN FIGURATIVELY: EPA tells court it may have lost text messages.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told a federal court that it may have lost the text messages at the center of a lawsuit by a libertarian think tank.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) sued the EPA last year in federal court to compel the release of text messages to and from Administrator Gina McCarthy and her predecessor under the Freedom of Information Act.
In the Tuesday filing to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Justice Department lawyers representing the EPA said the agency will soon file a notice that it may have misplaced records that it was legally required to retain.
“Defendant has decided to formally notify the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) about the potential loss of federal records relating to text messages,” the lawyers told the court.
Once it files that notice the CEI’s claim will become moot, since the records do not exist, the agency said. Lawyers will ask the court for a hearing to dismiss the case.
They told me if we elected Barack Obama, government would turn into a criminal enterprise. And they were right!
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, WE’D GET A BLITHERING IDIOT AS VP. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Biden Overstates Deaths in Joplin, Missouri Tornado By 160,839.
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, WE’D GET A VICE PRESIDENT WHO’D BE AN INTERNATIONAL EMBARRASSMENT. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Vice President Joe Biden apologizes to Turkey; UAE mad, too.
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, WOMEN WOULD BE SENT BACK TO THE KITCHEN. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! “The number of women in the workforce has fallen to levels not seen in nearly 30 years.”
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY WE’D SEE HEADLINES LIKE THIS. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! CIA sued over Senate spying.
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY . . . OH HELL, YOU KNOW THE REST: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Really Wants Poor People To Stop Having Babies.
UPDATE: Related: Abortion’s Racial Gap: Even as the U.S. abortion rate is at its lowest since Roe v. Wade, women of color are five times as likely to terminate a pregnancy as their white counterparts.
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY . . . Joe Biden 2012: If Romney Wins, We’ll Go To War In Syria.
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, OFFICIOUS BUREAUCRATS WOULD BE PRYING INTO PEOPLE’S SEX LIVES. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Public university requires students to submit sexual history or face disciplinary action. “Clemson University is requiring students to reveal how many times they’ve had sex in the past month and with how many partners. In screenshots obtained exclusively by Campus Reform, the South Carolina university is asking students invasive and personal questions about their drinking habits and sex life as part of what they’ve billed as an online Title IX training course.”
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY . . . The LAPD Allegedly Handcuffed And Detained A “Django Unchained” Actress For Kissing Her White Husband.
From the comments: “Why so much racism in places that are run by Democrats?”
The troubled judicial nomination of Michael P. Boggs is stuck in the Senate Judiciary Committee as the days grow short for congressional action this year, and the panel is moving other nominations ahead of his.
The committee added a slate of 10 judicial nominees to its agenda for votes this month, likely next week. That agenda does not include Boggs, one of President Barack Obama’s nominees to a federal district court in Georgia.
A vote now on Boggs’ nomination would unnecessarily risk a potentially awkward intraparty conflict among Democrats, Senate aides and nominations experts familiar with the nomination said. Committee Democrats either could reject one of Obama’s judicial picks for the first time. Or the nomination could advance to the full Senate with opposition from many Democrats and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. . . .
Most Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee, however, oppose Boggs’ nomination based on positions Boggs took on abortion and same-sex marriage as a Democratic state lawmaker in Georgia in the early 2000s. Reid voiced opposition to Boggs, and so did progressive groups such as NARAL Pro-Choice America.
They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney. . . . Oh, Hell, you know the rest.
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR
JOHN MCCAIN MITT ROMNEY, WE’D HAVE A PRESIDENT ADDICTED TO UNILATERAL WARMAKING. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Obama tells leaders he doesn’t need their vote for ISIS campaign.
President Obama told congressional leaders at a White House meeting on Tuesday he doesn’t need their authorization to expand his military campaign against Islamic terrorists.
The president offered the assurance one day before a prime-time address he’s scheduled to give to the nation. . . .
While Obama told the House and Senate leaders he would welcome congressional action that demonstrates a unified front, the president told the bipartisan group “he has the authority he needs to take action against (ISIS) in accordance with the mission he will lay out in his address,” according to the White House.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have called on Obama to better clarify his strategy this week, and the White House has said the president will offer a frank “assessment of this critical national security priority.”
White House press secretary Josh Earnest cautioned that the address would not provide a timeline for the military campaign, nor was Obama expected to outline costs for the operation.
Plus: “Polls show that confidence in Obama’s foreign policy is eroding just as anxiety over the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has peaked.”
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, SWEATSHOP-STYLE WORKER EXPLOITATION WOULD BE THE ORDER OF THE DAY. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Capitol Tour Guides Say They’ve Lost the Right to Drink Water. “While visitors are allowed to carry water bottles, and can fill them up once they are inside, the guides who spend eight hours a day walking them through the Capitol and talking about Congress complain that their access to water has been severely limited by CVC management.”
But wait, the Capitol tour guides are unionized?
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, THE WHITE HOUSE WOULD BE A CESSPIT OF OLD-STYLE SEXISM. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! No Men Need Apply: Michelle Obama’s Staff 100% Female.
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY . . . Judge Rules For Polygamists in Sister Wives Case.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Hook-Up Culture at Harvard, Stanford Wanes Amid Assault Alarm.
They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, our colleges would be taken over by prudes who fundamentally disapproved of coeducation. And they were right!
They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney we’d . . . Oh, Hell, what difference, at this point, does it make?
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Assaulter Vs. Assaulter: Legal Chaos Predicted Under ‘Affirmative Consent’ Bill.
UPDATE: From the comments: “They told me if I voted for Romney government bureaucrats would be trying to regulate private sexual encounters. And they were right!”
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED REPUBLICAN, WE’D BE TALKING REGIME CHANGE IN IRAQ. AND SURE ENOUGH . . . . Obama seeks Iraq regime change.
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED REPUBLICAN WE’D SEE OPEN RACISM IN OUR NATION’S CAPITAL — AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Florida Congressman: ‘White People’ to Blame for Collapse of Amnesty in Congress. J. Christian Adams comments: “Forget about Hastings’ impeachable past. What his statement represents is the increasingly open philosophy in Democrat Party circles that race explains everything, including the certain demise of the GOP in time. Instead of acquiescing to this evil, instead of accepting the premise of this immoral racialism, the Republican Party must strike back.”
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY . . . OH, HELL, YOU KNOW THE REST. Safety Cops Patrol the Office For High Heels.
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, RICH PEOPLE WOULD CONTROL THE GOVERNMENT. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Report: Liberal Billionaires Are “Hijacking” EPA.
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, STATES WOULD BE MICRO-REGULATING TEEN DATING. AND THEY WERE RIGHT!
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, WE’D HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO BLOCKED WOMEN’S ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Obama’s Motorcade Blocks Pregnant Woman’s Path To Hospital.
RACISM IN ELIZABETH WARREN’S SIGNATURE AGENCY: Staffer: CFPB Run Like A “Plantation.” “A former employee of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on Wednesday compared the workplace atmosphere to a ‘plantation,’ because of how black employees such as himself were treated. In the third House Financial Services subcommittee hearing to address claims of discrimination against the CFPB, Kevin Williams, a former quality assurance monitor at the agency, painted a picture where black employees were constantly belittled – even to the point where they were stereotypically offered fried chicken at company lunches.”
They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney . . . oh, hell, you know the rest.
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY THIS WOULD HAPPEN: Thousands targeted by spying orders.
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY — OH, HELL, YOU KNOW THE REST: California Legislators Want to Tell College Kids When to Have Sex.
They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, we’d see . . . oh, hell, what difference, at this point, does it make?
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, BRITS WOULD MOCK OUR INEPT DIPLOMACY. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Barack Obama’s National Security Flops Just Keep Coming. Though, to be fair, his domestic policies are mostly flops, too.
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY . . . OH, HELL, YOU KNOW THE REST. Attorney General Speaks At Segregated School. On Saturday last, the attorney general of the United States spoke at a segregated school. He spoke, without a trace of irony, as the nation celebrated the 60th anniversary of Brown v. The Board of Education, which, to quote the Washington Post, ‘ended — legally at least — racial segregation in public education.'”
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, THE CIVIL RIGHTS COMMUNITY WOULD BE OUTRAGED BY THE PRESIDENT’S NOMINEES. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Civil Rights Icon Comes Out Against Embattled Obama Nominee.
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, WE’D SEE RACIAL BARRIERS TO ACHIEVEMENT. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Study finds racial bias in UCLA admissions. “California voters outlawed taking race into account in university admissions, but a new study by UCLA professor Tim Groseclose finds strong statistical evidence that university officials are breaking the law and illegally discriminating in favor of blacks at the expense of whites and Asians. The sort of statistical analysis used here duplicates the kind of statistical disparity analysis embraced for decades by the civil rights movement.”
Related: “There are now reports that the New York Times might have fired executive editor Jill Abramson in part because she confronted management over earning less pay than her male predecessor, Bill Keller. If true, this tale might just be every woman’s professional nightmare come to life.”
They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, women would be paid less than men for the same work. And they were right!
WELL, THEY’RE OBVIOUSLY RACISTS: The Hill: Senate Dems Pound Obama Judge Pick Michael Boggs.
Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday suggested President Obama’s nominee for a federal court in Georgia is in trouble.
The Democrats said they have deep concerns with Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Michael Boggs’s voting record as a former state legislator, particularly on abortion, gay rights and civil liberties.
They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, a Democratic Senate would pound judicial nominees for troglodytic views. And they were right!
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, OUR RULING CLASS WOULD TAKE UP POLYGAMY. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Alan Grayson seeks annulment, saying his wife was wed to another man.
RICHARD EPSTEIN: Congress Can’t Wash Away the Executive Branch’s Sins. “That debate has how spilled over in to the political arena. Right now, the main mission of the Senate Banking Committee’s Johnson-Crapo housing finance bill is to develop a new framework for future residential home mortgages. Unfortunately, the bill also tries to ditch the many lawsuits brought by private shareholders of Fannie and Freddie Mac against the government for existing claims. While the authors of the bill continue to claim that the proposed legislation leaves the issues relating to investors’ rights to the courts, Section 604 of the bill declares that the August 17, 2012, Third Amendment to the original Senior Preferred Stock Purchase Agreement (SPSPA) ‘shall not be amended, restated, or otherwise changed to reduce the rate or amount of dividends’ and thus perpetuates the government’s right to take all the profits from the two companies.” They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, the government would take the side of powerful people who bilked shareholders. And they were right!
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE GOING AFTER PORN STARS’ BANK ACCOUNTS. AND THEY WERE RIGHT!
Despite being in good financial standing, adult film performers and others in the porn industry have had bank accounts abruptly terminated—and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) may have had something to do with it.
Under “Operation Choke Point,” the DOJ and its allies are going after legal but subjectively undesirable business ventures by pressuing banks to terminate their bank accounts or refuse their business. The very premise is clearly chilling—the DOJ is coercing private businesses in an attempt to centrally engineer the American marketplace based on it’s own politically biased moral judgements. Targeted business categories so far have included payday lenders, ammunition sales, dating services, purveyors of drug paraphernalia, and online gambling sites.
Maybe these folks should all get together.
THE PHOTO DOESN’T LOOK ESPECIALLY RACY TO ME: Facebook Removes 40-Year-Old Woman’s Boudoir Photo For Being “Obscene.” They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, people who supported the President would be imposing their prudish standards on America. And they were right!
HOW’S THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): Wealthiest Americans Outpace World as Middle Class Lags Behind. They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney the richest would get richer while everyone else suffered. And they were right!
HAVE YOU NO DECENCY? NO DECENCY AT ALL? New Hampshire Democrats Attack Republican Bride’s Wedding Gown. ”Why she is dressed up like a 20-year old virgin bride?”
They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, fanatical believers would be obsessed with brides’ virginity. And they were right!
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED REPUBLICAN, WE’D HAVE A PRESIDENT STRETCHING EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE BEYOND ALL LEGALITY. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Obama folds on aid order secrecy. “The White House has given up its legal fight to keep secret an unclassified directive President Barack Obama signed in 2010 setting foreign aid policy across the U.S. Government. In a sharply-worded opinion issued in December, U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle rejected the administration’s arguments that Obama’s Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development was protected by executive privilege.”
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY THIS WOULD HAPPEN. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Has The IRS Legalized Polygamy?
The decline of marriage among poor and working-class Americans is a result of a variety of social and economic changes. Among them, as Lowrey notes, are “tidal economic forces,” namely “globalization, the decline of labor unions [and] technological change.”
She ignores the tidal social changes that have also contributed, namely the sexual revolution and the expectation that women will spend most of their adult lives in the workforce, which, as we’ve argued, reduced the incentives for both men and women to marry. It is no more feasible to turn the clock back on globalization or automation than on contraception or female labor-force participation. All of these developments represent progress, in that they were solutions to the problems of the past. All of them contribute to the problems of the present.
A fixation on past problems may be making present problems worse. Lowrey quotes W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project: “Unless we improve the fortunes of poor working people, particularly poor working men, we aren’t going to see marriage coming back.” That’s a modest claim–note that he’s describing a necessary condition, not a sufficient one–but it’s hard to disagree: Why should a woman marry a man who doesn’t offer some economic security as part of the bargain?
But President Obama is committed to reducing male wages relative to female ones. In his State of the Union address, he declared: “Today, women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment.” Actually, it’s an embarrassment that the president perpetuates this myth–which Slate, in the headline of a 2013 story by feminist author Hanna Rosin bluntly called a “lie.” . . .
Given the high deductibles and narrow networks that make ObamaCare policies unattractive, we wonder if the CBO’s estimate might not turn out to be on the high side. And here’s another puzzlement: Working for pay is supposed to be liberating for women because it frees them from dependency on men. How can one square that with this new claim that dependence on the government is liberating because it allows people not to work?
They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, our government would be focusing massive efforts on getting women to stay home with their kids. And they were right!
A feud between President Obama and black lawmakers over racial diversity among judges escalated Wednesday.
Valerie Jarrett, the president’s closest adviser, met with Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) members and refused to back down over controversial nominees despite a growing storm of criticism.
Many CBC members say Obama hasn’t fought hard enough to fill the federal bench with the Democrats’ preferred picks, leaving some states with nominees who lack the ethnic diversity of the population they would oversee.
In a closed-door meeting with a handful of CBC leaders, Jarrett brushed back the criticism, saying Obama had a “commitment to diversity” and an “outstanding” record in placing minority judges, she said afterward.
Asked if the White House would consider replacing any of its choices, Jarrett’s answer was a terse, “No.”
They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, the President would nominate people the Black Caucus would hate. And they were right!
THE FRAGILE FLOWERS OF HIGHER EDUCATION: Realistic statue of man in his underwear at Wellesley College sparks controversy. “[T]his highly lifelike sculpture has, within just a few hours of its outdoor installation, become a source of apprehension, fear, and triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault for many members of our campus community.”
They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, America would be overrun with prudes who’d faint at the thought of a Hanes ad. And they were right!
UPDATE: Jonathan Adler emails: “I always thought one purpose of art was to challenge, provoke and, yes, make us uncomfortable.” It’s fine to make squares in flyover country uncomfortable. But not members of the elite.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Brannon Denning writes: “Rene Magritte Phone Your Office! I think the most disturbing thing about the creepy underwear guy is the students’ reactions is their apparent inability to process the fact that it’s a statue not a real person and therefore can’t hurt you. It’s of a piece with people being afraid of toast in the shape of a gun or a picture of a gun. I read these stories and feel like I’m taking crazy pills. Maybe someone ought to put a sign on it that reads: ‘Ceci n’est pas une homme.’”
Confusing the image with the reality is a hallmark of primitive societies.
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, SICK KIDS WOULD LOSE ACCESS TO SPECIALTY HEALTH CARE. And they were right! “Now Seattle Children’s Hospital is reporting that patients are being denied specialty treatments due to Obamacare regulations. Patients at Children’s — that means that sick kids are not allowed the medical care that their doctors feel is best for them.”
These days “IRS Targets Conservative Group” is a dog-bites-man story. But this one was man-bites-dog by virtue of its placement: on the front page of the New York Times, a newspaper that is usually supportive of this administration’s efforts to suppress domestic dissent. Put it down to a sudden outbreak of news judgment.
The news value to the Times may lie more in the nature of the organization than its trouble with the IRS. “In a famously left-leaning Hollywood, where Democratic fund-raisers fill the social calendar, Friends of Abe stands out as a conservative group that bucks the prevailing political winds,” reads the lead paragraph.
But Friends of Abe–as in Lincoln–has sought nonprofit status under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Tax Code, which would allow it to collect tax-deductible contributions. The IRS has been reviewing the application for some two years, seeking information about meetings where politicians spoke. A 501(c)(3) is prohibited from engaging in campaign activity, such as hosting a fundraiser, but as the Times notes, “tax-exempt groups are permitted to invite candidates to speak at events.”
The most troubling revelation in the Times account is that at one point the IRS “included a demand–which was not met–for enhanced access to the group’s security-protected website, which would have revealed member names.” The Times points out that FOA “keeps a low profile and fiercely protects its membership list, to avoid what it presumes would result in a sort of 21st-century blacklist” and that “tax experts said that an organization’s membership list is information that would not typically be required.”
With the possible exception of academia, show business is about as totalitarian a subculture as you will find in America. Conservatives are a tiny minority, and they fear for their livelihoods if exposed. A few high-profile celebrities are exceptions–the Times mentions Gary Sinise, Jon Voight, Kelsey Grammer and Lionel Chetwynd–but for lesser-known actors and people who work in off-camera jobs, confidentiality is crucial.
This column obtained a letter that Jeremey Boreing, FOA’s executive director, sent members last week in response to the Times story. Its tone demonstrates how seriously the group takes its members’ privacy.
Follow the link to read it. But weren’t the last enemies of Friends of Abe . . . the Confederates? They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, the government would be taken over by neo-Confederates. And they were right! At least as far as the IRS goes, anyway.
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, RACISM WOULD GET SO BAD THAT EVEN THE NAACP WOULD BE SMEARING BLACK POLITICIANS. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! James Taranto: The Smearing of Tim Scott: A racial slur from an NAACP leader.
But Barber drew national attention for his comments about South Carolina’s junior senator, Tim Scott, who is Congress’s lone black Republican and one of only two black senators. Elected to the House in 2010, Scott was tapped by Gov. Nikki Haley to replace Sen. Jim DeMint, who resigned at the start of last year to become president of the Heritage Foundation. As a conservative politician in a conservative state, Scott is expected to prevail easily in this November’s special election to serve out the two years that will remain in the term.
The NAACP is a liberal group, so you wouldn’t expect its leaders to see eye to eye on politics with Tim Scott. But the manner in which Barber expressed his disagreement was remarkably disagreeable. “A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy,” Barber said. “The extreme right wing down here finds a black guy to be senator and claims he’s the first black senator since Reconstruction and then he goes to Washington, D.C., and articulates the agenda of the Tea Party.”
Scott is in fact the South’s first black senator since Reconstruction, but of course what’s invidious here is Barber’s characterization of Scott as a ventriloquist’s “dummy.” And the Washington Times notes that the NAACP stood behind Barber’s comment, saying in a statement: “Dr. King emphasized love and justice rather than extremism. Unless we stand for justice we cannot claim allegiance to or pay homage to Dr. King. In a state such as South Carolina, politicians, whether they be black or white, should not be echoing the position of the far right.”
Fox News reports that Scott, in an appearance on “The Kelly File,” described Barber’s attack as an example of “philosophical bigotry”–a rather gentle characterization of what inescapably is also a racial stereotype.
Really enjoying the hopey, changey, post-racial Obama presidency.
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, THE NUMBER OF UNINSURED WOULD CONTINUE TO GROW. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! So What Was The Point Of ObamaCare Again? “It created more uninsured people than it gave insurance to. And it promises to create even more.”
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, RACE RELATIONS WOULD BE LOUSY. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Poll: 33% of blacks say Americans are racist, 76% say race relations are bad.
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, WE’D WIND UP LIVING IN A CORPORATE-FASCIST POLICE STATE. AND THEY WERE RIGHT!: MPAA & ICE Confirm They Interrogated A Guy For Wearing Google Glass During A Movie.
As we said in the initial post, this certainly fit with the MPAA’s insane “guidelines” to theaters and their “zero tolerance” policies towards anyone possibly recording anything. However, the involvement of ICE is particularly insane. We’ve been particularly critical of ICE and the group’s over-aggressive campaign to seize websites based entirely on Hollywood’s say so.
Even so, it seemed incredible that ICE would take direction from the MPAA on something as small as a guy in a movie theater, rushing to the theater to help with the interrogation of someone there, but we underestimated the willingness of ICE to say “how high” when the MPAA says “jump.” Yes, we should know better by now, but we thought we’d actually give the MPAA and DHS the benefit of the doubt here. Our mistake.
We find it difficult to believe that there aren’t more important things for ICE to be doing than hassling a guy out attending a movie with his wife. Hollywood has gotten ICE into trouble in the past with its over-aggressive claims about websites. You’d think that ICE would have learned by now that the RIAA and MPAA are not exactly trustworthy when they insist someone is a “filthy pirate” who needs to be investigated. There is simply no reason for federal investigators to be involved at all, let alone called in to interrogate some guy wearing a new piece of technology that the MPAA has overreacted to.
Sure there is. Hollywood got their boss elected.