Shocked to hear racism from anti-government militant

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, hero to the Hannity crowd, sticks his boot up his ass and into his mouth:

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.

“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.

Self-promoting activist Dustin Lance Black is no Harvey Milk

My more successful nemesis, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Milk” — a phrase likely incorporated in his voicemail greeting — is fond of depicting himself as the lone voice in the wilderness, fighting for justice while others stand on the sidelines.

The sun was warm and the reception from the town even warmer. I hadn’t run across such courteous people since I left Texas when I was 13 years old. As I drove down College Avenue, I passed a school. The sign out front read: Hope College. I smiled. I was supposed to be moving on from Milk, the 2008 film in which Sean Penn portrayed early gay-rights pioneer Harvey Milk. But here was Harvey’s favorite word, “Hope,” finding me once again.

They had simply never discussed gay rights openly before, and here I was, an interloper, threatening to thrust this hot-button issue into their community.

A similar narrative was relayed to the author of a widely discredited new book about the fight for marriage equality.

On March 21, 2009, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black gave a speech at the OutGiving conference for LGBT donors held by Tim Gill’s Gill Foundation warning against gradualism and calling for full federal equality for LGBT people.

“If there was applause, Black didn’t remember any,” Jo Becker writes of the speech in her new book, Forcing the Spring, which details the anger that a planned federal lawsuit challenging California’s Proposition 8 was raising from some more established LGBT leaders. “Instead, he recalled an ocean of pursed lips and crossed arms, and that he was literally trembling as he walked off stage. … Tim Gill … denounced Black outright, telling the crowd he was naive and misguided.”

BuzzFeed acquired a video of that speech and found that Black’s speech was interrupted by applause five times.

At the end, at least some members of the audience gave Black a standing ovation, the video shows. Though Black does look nervous, he is far from trembling — and waves out to the audience with a smile on his face before leaving the stage.

Don’t expect Black to be held accountable. The mythmakers in the Petty Queer Establishment have embraced him as one of their own. DLB should feel right at home, since their version of history often contradicts reality.

Georgia’s insane gun bill becomes law

Via the AJC:

House Bill 60, which passed in the final hours of this year’s legislative session, allows Georgians to legally carry firearms in a wide range of new places, including schools, bars, churches and government buildings. A recent analysis also said it could let felons use the state’s “stand your ground” rules to claim self-defense if they feel threatened.

Demonstrating how cowardly the Democrats have become on gun control, the party’s likely nominee for governor, Jason Carter, voted for the bill.

The bill, which takes effect July 1, also legalizes the use of silencers for hunting, clears the way for school staffers to carry guns in school zones and lets leaders of religious congregations choose whether to allow licensed gun holders inside. And it allows permitted gun owners to carry their weapons in government buildings – including parts of courthouses – where there is no security at the entrance.

Cheering for the Red Sox is so Aught 10

Those annoying fuckers who decided to become Red Sox fans after the perennial losers started winning have discovered a new passion — and this one has an accent.

Actually, hipsters started gravitating to soccer a decade ago but The New York Times is just catching on. The ironic backpack set’s fervor assures I’ll never be a fan of soccer — or futbol, if you’re tragically hip.

With fan interest booming, soccer is no longer the Kylie Minogue of the sporting realm: huge everywhere but here. After years of being greeted as the Next Big Thing that wasn’t, the sport (particularly England’s Premier League, with its enhanced presence on American television) has become a conversation topic you can no longer ignore.

This is particularly evident in New York creative circles, where the game’s aesthetics, Europhilic allure and fashionable otherness have made soccer the new baseball — the go-to sport of the thinking class.

Besides, everyone’s doing it, and what better reason to become interested in something ?

“It’s almost guaranteed that almost any male literary person under the age of 45 is going to be somewhat versed in soccer,” said Sean Wilsey, a writer who helped edit “The Thinking Fan’s Guide to the World Cup,” a 2006 compilation of essays by the likes of Dave Eggers and Robert Coover. As a conversation topic, it has become inevitable at book parties, in part because it is both sophisticated and safe. “Isn’t it sort of a relief to talk about the English Premier League instead of the sad state of publishing?” he added. “It’s a great default topic.”

They’ll fit right in among your typical urbane European soccer fan.

“You buy into the history and the tradition, the values of the club,” said Bryan Lee, a digital brand strategist who grew up in Southern California and lives in Greenpoint. He showed up in a vintage gray Liverpool away jersey. “Historically, Liverpool has been a blue-collar port city,” added Mr. Lee, 24, as thoughtful as if he were delivering his orals at graduate school. “The politics of Liverpool was really sort of anti-Thatcher. It’s become the people’s club. Those hardworking blue-collar values never really left, even though it’s been ushered into the modern era of the club being a global franchise.”

Spoken like I’d expect a digital brand strategist to speak.

Not that I’m complaining. Let the hipsters have soccer — I’d rather see a Liverpool jersey than another fucking Red Sox cap.

An Atlanta mystery solved

For years I’ve wondered about the post-modern grain silo overlooking the Downtown Connector at Freedom Parkway. Curbed Atlanta says the residence, zoned for commercial use, is available for $3.5 million.

Someone bought the lot for $77,000 back in 1996 and built this six-bedroom home two years later, back when the Old Fourth Ward was a little less trendy. They had the foresight to maximize the views with walls of windows and multiple decks. With a cathedral ceiling and stylish spiral staircase, the spaces remain airy. The home has more bathrooms (8) than some elementary schools, with a tiered fireplace and enough panache to make bay windows look hip.

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More ominous news from Ukraine

Via USA Today

Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to “register” with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Israeli media.

Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city’s Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee “or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated,” reported Ynet News, Israel’s largest news website.

For the millionth time, the Confederate flag is a symbol of hate

Drudge tries to bait the white victim class w/ the headline:

High School Students Suspended Indefinitely For Bringing Confederate Flag To School…

Good.

White supremacy is the only reason for flying the Stars and Bars. And don’t give me the “Southern pride” rationale. I’m a native Southerner and the flag is an embarrassment.

 

John Rocker is ‘sick and disgusted’ by Hank Aaron

UPDATE: Sheer racism, exposed in vile letters directed to Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, have poured into the Atlanta Braves offices over the past week.

Yes, it was like 1974 all over again, the year Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record, with letters laced with the most hateful epithet known to African Americans.

“Hank Aaron is a scumbag piece of (expletive) (racial slur)” a man named Edward says in an e-mail to the Braves front office obtained by USA TODAY Sports.

Edward invokes the epithet five times in four sentences, closing with, “My old man instilled in my mind from a young age, the only good (racial slur) is a dead (racial slur).”

I don’t agree with Hank Aaron’s statement implying opponents of President Obama are comparable to the Klansmen of generations past. I don’t think The Hammer meant to say that, to be honest. Later in that same interview Aaron said race relations have improved in America but there was still a “long ways to go.”

John Rocker, in his World Nut Daily column – published on Jackie Robinson Day, an irony lost on the author – proves him right.

His comments were deplorable and unbefitting of baseball’s all-time home run king, but this isn’t the first time Aaron has made comments that should be questioned.

Back in 2010, Aaron bemoaned the lack of black players in Major League Baseball (MLB), as if some invisible force was keeping young black kids from playing the game. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported he was encouraged that one of the Atlanta Braves’ new stars – the talented Jason Heyward – could be the new face of the franchise.

Except Aaron didn’t blame an invisible force from keeping young blacks from playing baseball. His concern is shared by many in the game, white and black.

But Rocker would rather settle some childish score with an 80-year-old icon for comments Aaron made after the then-Braves reliever’s racist rants in Sports Illustrated.

“To be honest with you, I was very sick and disgusted with the whole situation. For someone in the situation of Mr. Rocker to make those statements is ridiculous. I have no place in my heart for that.”

My sentiments exactly. Any right-thinking person would object to someone who admits to hating foreigners. “You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country?”

Rocker neglects to mention that Aaron met with him after the controversial interview, a move  that offered the loutish lefty a chance at redemption.

“It went well, as far as the talk,” Aaron told me. “I don’t know how much impact we had on him.” 

I’ll let Rocker answer that.

“I’ve taken a lot of crap from a lot of people—probably more than anybody in the history of the sport. I know Hank and Jackie took a great deal of crap, but I guarantee it wasn’t for six years.”

And that tells you all you need to know about John Rocker, just one more racist who views himself as the victim of the very disease he spreads every time he opens his mouth.

Stupidest comment of the week

And the week’s just one day old.

The floor is yours, Gov. Huckabee:

Fox News personality and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee stunned a New Hampshire crowd on Saturday by likening the federal government’s treatment of airport passengers to the totalitarian regime of Kim Jong-un.

‘My gosh, I’m beginning to think that there’s more freedom in North Korea sometimes than there is in the United States,’ he told a partisan crowd at the inaugural New Hampshire Freedom Summit.

Limbaugh loves Louie

Miserable human being Rush Limbaugh calls Texas dipshit Louis Gohmert “a fearless fighter” and “one of our all-time favorite members of the House of Representatives.”

No surprise, since Gohmert is one of the stupidest Congressmen in history.  The Houston Press has a summary:

  • While discussing the putative reality that caribou, for some reason that only a rural Texan representative could fathom, enjoy the warmth of an oil pipeline: “So when [caribou] want to go on a date, they invite each other to head over to the pipeline. … So my real concern now [is] if oil stops running through the pipeline … do we need a study to see how adversely the caribou would be affected if that warm oil ever quit flowing?”
  • After the massacre in Aurora, Colo., Gohmert determined that the cause of James Holmes’s rampage wasn’t, say, mental health issues, or some form of social trigger — but, rather, that he didn’t have the appropriate fear of a vengeful, unforgiving God: “You know what really gets me, as a Christian, is to see the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs, and then some senseless crazy act of terror like this takes place. … We’ve threatened high school graduation participations, if they use God’s name, they’re going to be jailed … I mean that kind of stuff. Where was God? What have we done with God? We don’t want him around. I kind of like his protective hand being present.”
  • When nominating Florida Rep. Allen West as Speaker of the House … after West had already lost his reelection bid
  • Gohmert went to WorldNetDaily, one of the only conspiracy sites giving Alex Jones a run, to spout, once more, a belief that the enemies have already reached our shore: “This administration has so many Muslim Brotherhood members that have influence that they just are making wrong decisions for America.”
  • Much like Houston’s own State Rep. Debbie Riddle, Gohmert is convinced, all evidence otherwise, that there are terrorist organizations — somewhere, somehow — concocting schemes to send their pregnant Black Widows to our American shores, spawning natural-born terrorists, and then using them and their US Citizenship Cards, decades on, to decimate the land we call home: “[The children] could be raised and coddled as future terrorists [and] twenty, thirty years down the road, they can be sent in to help destroy our way of life.”

The time Phil Gingrey tried to appease Al-Qaeda

Back in 2006, when the GOP was trying to pass a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, Georgia Congressman Phil “John  C. Reilly will look like me in 20 years” Gingrey went to the House floor to argue that America’s image was at stake.

“This is probably the best message we can give to the Middle East in regards to the trouble we are having over there right now,” Gingrey said in support of the legislation.

In other words, “Don’t hate us, Al-Qaeda. We hate queers, too.”

Conservative blowhards declare war on Colbert

Miserable human being Rush Limbaugh on the Colbert hire:

CBS has just declared war on the Heartland of America.  No longer is comedy going to be a covert assault on traditional American values, conservatives.

Now it’s just wide out in the open.  What this hire means is a redefinition of what is “funny” and a redefinition of what is comedy, and they’re blowing up the 11:30 format under the guise that the world’s changing and people don’t want the kind of comedy that Carson gave us or even Letterman.

They don’t want that anymore.  It’s the media planting a flag here.  I think it’s maybe the media’s last stand, but it’s a declaration.  There’s no unity in this hire.  They’ve hired a partisan, so-called comedian to run a comedy show.

Conservative writer Ben Shapiro accuses Colbert of practicing “political blackface” because, clearly, right-wingers are as persecuted as blacks were.

And this is precisely what Colbert does with regard to politics: he engages in Conservativeface. He needs no makeup or bulbous appendage to play a conservative – after all, conservatives come in every shape and size. Instead, he acts as though he is a conservative – an idiotic, racist, sexist, bigoted, brutal conservative. He out-Archie Bunkers Archie Bunker. His audience laughs and scoffs at brutal religious “Colbert” who wishes to persecute gays; they chortle at evil sexist “Colbert” who thinks men are victims of sexism. This is the purpose of Colbert’s routine. His show is about pure hatred for conservatives in the same way that blackface was about pure hatred of blacks.

And Bill O’Reilly calls Colbert a “deceiver” who’s damaging America.

Maybe they can team with Suey Park and get him canceled.