Posts Tagged ‘the stupid’

Behold in all its horrible glory: Fox & Friends interviews “Thomas Jefferson”

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Lamenting the fact that "our public discourse ignores the fact that race—particularly in a place like Philadelphia—is also an issue for white people. Though white people never talk about it.", Robert Huber attempts to "bridge the conversational divide so that there are no longer two private dialogues in Philadelphia—white people talking to other whites, and black people to blacks", by interviewing a ton of middle class white people. People who, despite the fact that the premise of the piece is that they "never talk about it" proceed to talk about it at length, telling him scary stories about black people.

He relays the story of John, a lovely old man who relates how wonderful his neighborhood used to be before all the black people moved in, and then it went to hell. Of course he has no problem with blacks, he claims, except for that "nigger boy" that broke into his house.

And then there’s Anna, the "slim, dark haired beauty from Moscow" who wishes all the black people would stop smoking pot on their porches and get a damn job. She sounds nice.

And lets not forget the author himself, who makes a show of holding doors open for black people, or his friend who pats himself on the back for advancing race relations by acknowledging black people’s presence.

Had I been interviewed, I would have told him about finding the window of my car smashed one morning. He would probably have assumed it was smashed by a black person. Of course I have no idea who smashed it because I was three blocks away sleeping at the time. Honestly the experience was probably worst for the poor kid I scared half to death when I loudly yelled “FUCK!” right after discovering it, not realizing she was passing me on the sidewalk just then.

Racism is a problem in Philly and its a problem elsewhere. Cataloging tales of scary black people doesn’t help, and it most certainly does nothing to advance the stated goal of "starting a conversation" about race. It’s a goal that I have a hard time believing was honestly pursued here. For the official take-downs, published by the same magazine (balance!), see here and here. For what seems to be considered the "definitive" take-down, here.

The best one, though, is on Phawker:

There’s a lot of anger going around this city right now because of a magazine story that is almost universally agreed to be completely irresponsible. However, if you’re on the fence, let me beg you not to be taken in by it. Reject it. Don’t listen to old white men who are disengaged from reality, steeped in fear and delusional prejudice…

You can take Philadelphia Magazine’s lead, and selfishly retreat from our problems, or you can muster the actual courage necessary to dive headlong into them. Forty years from now I don’t want to be sitting in a suburban cul de sac blaming somebody else for what happened to my city, I want to be living in a better city that is better for the hard work I put into making it that way, and so can you.

That cannot possibly be said enough.  

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Seriously. Just stop.

[Obama] is also open to a bill that would avert the sequester for as little as two months.

Just cancel the goddamn thing. Or just implement it. Or do anything other than this. Constant, monthly fiscal fights and unceasing budget uncertainty prevent anyone from doing anything.

Oh, that’s the point, isn’t it?

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Apparently, the FBI thought Its A Wonderful Life was communist propaganda because it portrayed bankers and the wealthy negatively.

The memo is pretty funny, but it missed an important point: Red Ryder would be a great codeword for the operation to put some nuclear armed subs off of Long Island.

On a more serious note, I would point out that bankers seem to be quite good at discrediting themselves without Soviet assistance. The best bit:

[redacted] related that if he made this picture portraying the banker, he would have shown this individual to have been following the rules as laid down by the State Bank Examiner in connection with making loans. Further, [redacted] stated that the scene wouldn’t have “suffered at all” in portraying the banker as a man who was protecting funds put in his care by private individuals and adhering to the rules governing the loan of that money rather than portraying the part as it was shown. In summary, [redacted] stated that it was not necessary to make the banker such a mean character and “I would never have done it that way.”

If we were to make movie today portraying bankers as fine upstanding gentlemen who followed all laws and whose primary interest was in protecting the funds in their care, it would be laughable.

At any rate, lest you think the Tea Party is on to something new, this shows us that screaming communist at anyone who says something mean about a wealthy person is a long, proud tradition.
In Soviet Russia, eye shoots out you!

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Shorter John Guandolo:
John Brennan is a Muslim traitor who wants to destroy American and I know this because of people I won’t name but trust me.

Notice the way he uses “Islam” and “foreign intelligence service operatives” interchangeably. Its like a Tom Clancy novel with brown people instead of Soviets. And way less entraining.

Seriously though, I’m fed up with this particular flavor of wingnuttery. Its offensive and incredibly stupid.

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Tennessee’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill now includes forced outing of gay students. This is, of course, brought to you by Stacey Campfield, who believes that heterosexual people can’t contract AIDS, which is a disease that originated with a gay man “screwing a monkey”.

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Just to recap, the Republicans will argue that the institution of marriage exists to protect society from the scourge of unplanned pregnancy, and thus is not applicable to gay people. 

Protecting society from the scourge of unplanned pregnancy via sex ed, contraception, and family planning is unacceptable, naturally. 

Also, too:

A Catholic bishop who was instrumental in creating California’s Proposition 8 says that same sex marriage is a natural impossibility and granting marriage rights for LGBT couples “is like legalizing male breastfeeding.”

That’s true! In the sense that it is, in no conceivable way whatsoever, true.

So there you have it. Gay people can’t get married because lactation, be it by a male or a (single) female.

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