Thursday, March 03, 2011

Is that a Race Card in Your Pocket, or ...?

As Zandar notes today, the latest outrage du jour among the spittler faction of the wingerati is that President Obama has had the audacity to acknowledge that race is an element in some of the opposition to his policies:

The right is howling over excerpts from author Ken Walsh’s book on African-Americans and the White House, particularly a passage involving President Obama and the Tea Party:

But Obama, in his most candid moments, acknowledged that race was still a problem. In May 2010, he told guests at a private White House dinner that race was probably a key component in the rising opposition to his presidency from conservatives, especially right-wing activists in the anti-incumbent “Tea Party” movement that was then surging across the country. Many middle-class and working-class whites felt aggrieved and resentful that the federal government was helping other groups, including bankers, automakers, irresponsible people who had defaulted on their mortgages, and the poor, but wasn’t helping them nearly enough, he said.

A guest suggested that when Tea Party activists said they wanted to “take back” their country, their real motivation was to stir up anger and anxiety at having a black president, and Obama didn’t dispute the idea. He agreed that there was a “subterranean agenda” in the anti-Obama movement—a racially biased one—that was unfortunate. But he sadly conceded that there was little he could do about it.

His goal, he said, was to be as effective and empathetic a president as possible for all Americans. If he could accomplish that, it would advance racial progress for blacks more than anything else he could do.

Ground Zero of Wingnuttery Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit (“Where Hope Goes To Die” sorry “Where Hope Finally Made A Comeback”) hasn’t had much attention from me for ... ooh ... days. Where better to turn to for a measured response?

Disgusting… President Obama Says Tea Partiers Are Racists in New Book

He’s a divider.
Obviously, Obama, along with the entire state-run media, missed the several episodes of black tea partiers getting abused by your typical hate-filled leftist.

I’ll let you digest for a moment the news that you have a state-run media in the US of A, and perhaps ponder what the hell such footage does to counter Obama’s relatively mild observation.

I guess you have to make allowances for Hoft. He’s evidently not the brightest bulb on the tree, but has a sufficient surplus of visceral hatred swilling around inside him that he can articulate the required kneejerk memery of vilification of “thuggery” (he’s going to wear that one out soon), unhinged marauding leftist hordes, and basically anyone who’s a bit different to him, to the satisfaction of those who pay him to sit there all day doing it. Hoft concludes:

What a horrible disappointment this man has been as president.
2012 cannot get here soon enough.

Yes, Jim Hoft’s hopes were so high on Inauguration Day. Tut.

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Posted by YAFB on 03/03/11 at 10:53 AM

Categories: PoliticsBarack ObamaNuttersTeabaggeryPoliblogsSkull Hampers

K-Lo’s favorite childhood cartoon


GOP politicians and anti-abortion zealots (the former being a smallish subset of the latter) don’t want to let the current fiscal crisis go to waste, not when it can be used deny women constitutionally protected reproductive rights. This explains the brainless demagoguery around Planned Parenthood, which doesn’t receive a nickel of taxpayer money to perform abortions.

Now the zygote fetishists at American Life League (where every sperm is sacred) have released a video that likens Planned Parenthood to Bunny Blenders—only worse, because Planned Parenthood puts newborn babies into Cuisinarts:

Again, Planned Parenthood doesn’t receive a nickel of taxpayer money to perform abortions and is barred by federal law from doing so. The funding Mike Pence and other anti-choice zealots are targeting pays for stuff like contraception, STD treatment, Pap smears, etc.

These folks are using helpless, fluffy little bunnies to impose their “sperm + egg = BABY!!11!1!!” fantasy on the entire country. They have no shame. And their attempt to remake America into The Handmaid’s Tale will fail because the Senate, unlike the House, hasn’t been overrun by hard-right extremists.

But hey, the Republicans and Democrats are exactly alike anyway, so it doesn’t matter if the Senate changes hands in 2012 or if Mike Huckabee becomes President of the Republic of Gilead United States. Anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is just using reproductive rights as a cudgel to keep women in the Democratic harem.

[H/T: The Raw Story]

Posted by Betty Cracker on 03/03/11 at 07:08 AM

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

With Great Power Comes God-Awful Musical Theater

Topless Robot laments that the Bono/The Edge-scored Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is shaping up to be the worst Broadway musical since Rent II: The Condo-ing and Give ‘Em Hell, Elephant Man! evidenced by this seppuku-inducing performance from Letterman’s show:

Then again, who knew that a retooled Shakespearean tragedy about an alienated orphan teenager whose immature self-absorption causes the death of his beloved uncle would become even more obnoxiously navel-gazing if you set it to a soundtrack of keening Irish dirge-rock?

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Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 03/02/11 at 09:39 PM

Categories: Geek SpeakMusic

Help! Help! She’s being repressed!

Shorter incognito PUMA Amy Siskind at HuffPo:

Kathleen Parker got fired from CNN’s Parker Spitzer because of her lady parts!

Parker’s departure can’t be explained by the fact that she was a painfully bad co-host with little TV experience on a really suckish program? Nope:

How dare the male producers at CNN assume the woman is the problem? How dare the media cover this matter with sexist undertones and words?

Well, whatever Ms. Parker does next, and surely she shall land because she sure can write, I’m hoping some good will come of this. I’m hoping this experience has served as an awaking, and now, Parker will become our advocate in raising awareness of and eradicating sexism.

In the mean time: Kathleen Parker, I’ve got your back! Your dismissal was an act of sexism. I, for one, will NOT be watching In the Arena. And I’d encourage women and enlightened men to do the same and share this with others who want to end sexism!

I’ve long considered Parker a MoDo-class hack, but I doubt she’ll be craven or desperate enough to jump on Siskind’s rickety bandwagon. As Siskind describes at length, Parker has used the utterances of her (Siskind’s) silly, irrelevant organization as a strawPUMA to bash actual feminist organizations in the past.

It weird how completely the erstwhile PUMAs have merged with the teabaggers: They’ve swapped the object of their brainless idolatry from Hillary Clinton to Sarah Palin, and they’re just as quick as a ‘bagger to claim victimhood on flimsy grounds. They were teabaggers in cat suits all along. 

Posted by Betty Cracker on 03/02/11 at 01:25 PM

SCOTUS Rules 8-1 That God Does, In Fact, Hate Homosexuals

CORRECTION: Actually, they only ruled that the Westboro Baptist Church has a 1st Amendment right to be flaming assholes on public property—a decision that inevitably means we’ll have to find another reason for incarcerating Glenn Beck and Tea Party activists in FEMA camps.

Justice Alito was the sole dissenting voice, whose Minority Opinion argues—surprisingly—on behalf of civility:

Our profound national commitment to free and open debate is not a license for the vicious verbal assault that occurred in this case.

Full text of the decision is here.

Best Random Strict Constitutionalist Wingnut Forum Response so far:

Ok, so a piece of paper protects them.

[UPDATE:] Snooki is so PISSED OFF at the Constitution, she can’t shit.

Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 03/02/11 at 11:30 AM

Categories: NewsPoliticsRelijun

On the bloody morning after…


As chronicled in this space earlier in the week, teabaggers have fixed on pro-union demonstrators as the new Islamofascommie boogermen. Teabloggers and their official media outlet, Fox News, are so caught up in lurid fantasies of their own victimhood that they’re publishing videos that directly contradict their version of events as if it bolstered their narrative.

In that thread, we discussed the rich fantasy life of California teabagger Rodney Stanhope, who translated a couple of hard shoves and insults into attempted murder by strangulation. The alleged assault on Fox News correspondent Mike Tobin came up in comments. Tobin was surrounded by hecklers chanting “Fox News Lies!” He claimed to have been hit by a demonstrator just as the Fox News broadcast switched to another shot.

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Posted by Betty Cracker on 03/02/11 at 07:12 AM

Categories: PoliticsBedwettersNuttersTeabaggeryOur Stupid MediaYouTubidity

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Nightmarish military robots!

No wonder Glenn Beck is crumbling into a blubbering, paranoid mess—it is his lot in life to monitor military robot development programs. One can easily imagine the high-speed cheetah robot (designed to “chase human prey”!) zigging and zagging after recalcitrant Tea Partiers to collect ObamaCare premiums.

Unfortunately, there are no videos of the cheetah robot prototype yet. But here’s the BigDog robot, which is built to carry heavy military packs over rough terrain:

At the 35-second mark, a scientist demonstrates how the robot is able to regain its balance after being kicked violently off course. If they can’t muffle the super-annoying sound the robot makes, it will definitely need that feature.

Posted by Betty Cracker on 03/01/11 at 01:16 PM

Categories: CrittersPoliticsBedwettersNuttersTeabaggeryWar In ErrorYouTubidity

Dining on antelope pâté


Charles Koch takes to the pages of The Daily Plutocrat to pat himself on the back for being brave enough to bruise his heel on the heads of blood-sucking proles and to exhort his fellow oligarchs to not “paint their tails white.” No, really—that last part is a direct quote:

Even though it affects our business, as a matter of principle our company has been outspoken in defense of economic freedom. This country would be much better off if every company would do the same. Instead, we see far too many businesses that paint their tails white and run with the antelope.

What. The. Fuck? Also, you can have your Walmart greeter job back when you stop electing anti-colonial Kenyans:

I am confident that businesses like ours will hire more people and invest in more equipment when our country’s financial future looks more promising.

So one of the nation’s more egregious examples of wealth-building through inheritance and crony capitalism is lecturing us on free enterprise. I look forward to the WSJ’s upcoming self-help series featuring Charlie Sheen on career management, shopping tips from Lindsay Lohan and a good government seminar by Muammar Gaddafi.

Posted by Betty Cracker on 03/01/11 at 10:06 AM

Categories: NewsPoliticsBarack ObamaNuttersTeabaggeryOur Stupid Media

Tuesday morning music: Dum Dum Girls, “He Gets Me High”

Posted by Betty Cracker on 03/01/11 at 07:15 AM

Categories: MusicYouTubidity

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