Friday, August 30, 2013

Every Single Republican Invited To Attend The 50th Anniversary Of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech Said... "No"

In my last post about the 50th Anniversary Of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech  I pointed out that no Republicans, GOP officials or prominent conservatives attended the event. Apparently I wasn't the only one who noticed because the GOP has defiantly been feeling the heat over the accusation. So much so that they have sent out their talking heads to all the cable news station to refute the claim. One of their chief shills, Bill O'Reilly, angrily made the claim that "No Republicans and no conservatives were invited" to the event sarcastically quipping "what did their invitations get lost in the mail". O'Reilly even went on to claim that former president George W. Bush "Definitely was not invited"

It turns out that nothing could be further from the truth (as is the case of most of what Republicans say).

Apparently both presidents, George W. Bush and his father George H. W. Bush, were absolutely invited but had bowed out of the event, citing "health issues". Even former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was asked to attend in lieu of his brother and father but turned down the offer. In addition Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor were both invited, but graciously declined to attend. It turns out that Cantor had a meeting with oil lobbyists, and Boehner spoke at a Congressional event! John McCain was also invited but decided it was best to be a no show.

To add insult to injury every Republican member of Congress was invited as well. Alas there were no takers.

When asked, the former chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors, Julian Bond  said of the events handlers “They asked a long list of Republicans to come and to a man and woman they said ‘no.’ And that they would turn their backs on this event was telling of them, and the fact that they seem to want to get black votes, they’re not gonna get ‘em this way.”

Ain't that the truth.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

President Obama Delivers Personal Remarks To Honor 50th Anniversary Of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech

Today President Obama delivered his personal remarks to honor the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech from the very same steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

As he stood on the hallowed ground of the civil rights movement, President Obama challenged new generations  to seize the cause of racial equality and honor the "glorious patriots" who marched a half century ago to the very steps from which where he was now speaking.

Here is a full version of President Obama's speech...
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Other events that took place during the daylong celebration included marchers walking the streets of Washington behind a replica of the transit bus that Rosa Parks once rode when she refused to give up her seat to a white man.  Along with that at precisely 3 p.m., members of the King family tolled a bell to echo King's call 50 years earlier to "let freedom ring." It was the same bell that once hung in the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., before the church was bombed in 1963.
 In addition former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter spoke eloquently of King's legacy, how it changed America as well as current events that would have spurred King to action such as the proliferation of guns, the stand-your-ground laws, a Supreme Court ruling striking down parts of the Voting Rights Act, and high rates of joblessness among blacks.

Here are links to President Clinton's and Carter's speeches...

Along with the aforementioned guests the other speakers included...
Actor Hill Harper, broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien, Pastor A.R. Bernard, Ambassador Andrew Young, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, The Rev. Wintley Phipps, Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), Johnny L. DuPree, mayor of Hattiesburg, Miss., and secretary of the National Council of Black Mayors, Charles Steele Jr., chief executive of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Melanie L. Campbell, president and chief executive of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tex.), Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Kristin Stoneking, executive director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Mee Moua, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Fred Maahs, chairman of the American Association of People With Disabilities, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and chief executive of the NAACP, Roslyn M. Brock, chairman of the NAACP, Alan van Capelle, chief executive of Bend the Arc, The Rev. Joseph Lowery, Laura Turner Seydel, chairman of the Captain Planet Foundation, Eliza Byard, executive director of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, Bill Russell, Clayola Brown, president of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.), Ingrid Saunders Jones, chairman of the National Council of Negro Women, Mark Tillman, president of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association, Lynn Stratford, senior vice president of UNICEF’s U.S. Fund, Judy Vredenburgh, president, and Shantia McCarthur, national scholar, from Girls Inc, Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D-Ohio), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Marc Morial, president and chief executive of the National Urban League, Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, Jamie Foxx, Alayna Eagle Shield of the National Congress of American Indians, Sofia Campos of United We Dream, Sidney Poitier, Phillip Agnew, executive director of Dream Defenders, The Rev. Al Sharpton, founder and president of the National Action Network, Julian Bond, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, Forest Whitaker, Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund, Oprah Winfrey, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Martin L. King III, Christine King Farris, The Rev. Bernice King, chief executive of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.
Not one Republican spoke at today's event. Not one Republican leader even bothered to attend today's event.

Laura Ingraham Celebrates March On Washington's 50th Anniversary With Race Baiting, Ridicule And A Shotgun Blast For Civil Rights Leader John Lewis

As we know tens of thousands of people gathered in Washington, DC over the weekend to commemorate and recreate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 1963 March on Washington, an event originally dedicated to calling for civil rights. It should go without saying that both the original march as well as this weekends event are historic in nature and should be treated with dignity and respect.

Apparently unmoved by the historic nature of the event or the respect that should be paid to it's attendees and speakers conservative radio host and Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham attacked all of the above. She instead used the event to race-bait using black-on-white crime statistics and in addition claimed the event and its speakers, were trying "to co-opt the legacy of Martin Luther King into a modern-day liberal agenda,".

Just who did she think liberals were trying to co-opt Martin Luther King from… Modern-day Republicans or perhaps the modern day conservative movements' agenda (aka the Tea Party)?!?!

After these insulting screeds Ingraham didn't feel the need to stop there… She had lower depths to plumb.

One of the speakers at the march was civil rights leader and Congressman of Georgia's Fifth Congressional District John Lewis. John Lewis was actually the youngest person to speak at the march 50 years ago! Keep in mind that this was a man who while fighting racism had his skull infamously fractured by a state trooper on "Bloody Sunday" in Selma, AL, in 1965.
Here is Lewis (l) pictured with Dr. King (r)
While playing a portion of Lewis' speech from this years March on Washington Ingraham found it appropriate to use the sound of a booming gunshot to cut Lewis off abruptly ending the sound of his voice!

Listen to that clip here…
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The reason Ingraham's use of a gunshot sound effect to cut off a prominent civil rights leader's voice  (as if one was needed) is so heinous is the fact that so many civil rights leaders of the 1960s and '70s, were literally silenced by assassins' bullets.

Martin Luther King, Medgar Evers, John F. Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner

Taking this into account one must either come to the conclusion that Laura Ingraham is either so unbelievably ignorant or unbelievably callous that she doesn't deserve have a radio show or a platform like cable news to spout her stupidity and/or hate.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

A Third Of Louisiana Republicans Blame Obama For Hurricane Katrina Response Under Bush

Yes, you read the title of this post correctly. A larger percentage of Louisiana Republicans blame President Obama for the poor federal response to Hurricane Katrina than those that blame George W. Bush… who was in office at the time!!!

Just for the record Barack Obama was still a freshman U.S. Senator, when the storm battered the Gulf Coast.

The numbers according to the Public Policy Polling survey
 Despite the facts the Public Policy Polling survey's numbers break down like this: 29% said President Obama was responsible for the poor federal response when the storm battered the Gulf Coast in 2005,  while only 28% blame former President George W. Bush.

What is even more alarming is that almost half of Louisiana Republicans (44%) said they're not even sure who to blame.

Now I could understand these statistics if the poll was conducted on random people milling around a random street in anytown USA. Furthermore this question might perplex a person who doesn't follow politics at all. But we are talking self described Republicans who have identified themselves as such. What is even more stunning is the fact that the polling subjects are from Louisiana an area of the country directly affected by the disaster!!!

I cannot wrap my head around this!?!?

Many times I have discussed the "Obama Derangement Syndrome" but this is without a doubt a virulent unchecked case of it combined with rampant unchecked idiocy.

While many in Louisiana have apparently found the category 5 Hurricane easy to forget many still remember that Katrina caused 1,833 fatalities, damaged an estimated $81 billion in property, and ranks among the five deadliest hurricanes in United States history.

In light of these horrific facts I was wondering...

Could their faulty memory perhaps be coaxed back into reality by bringing up the fact that George W. Bush notoriously remained on vacation at his Texas ranch as the hurricane destroyed the Gulf Coast?

Perhaps this infamous photo of an impotent and uncaring President Bush peering out the window of Air Force One at the Karina's destruction might jog their feeble memories?

Does Kanye West saying, "George Bush doesn't care about black people, during the Relief concert ring a bell for anyone in the Louisiana GOP?

For fucks sake does anyone even remember George W. Bush congratulating disgraced FEMA director Michael Brown with the now infamous line "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job,"

If this little refresher course doesn't help ... What am I saying, of course it won't. After all there is no cure for "Obama Derangement Syndrome".

Martin Luther King’s "I Have a Dream" Speech Turns 50

Tens of thousands of people attended the rally on Washington’s National Mall Saturday to reaffirm the goals stated in Martin Luther King's nation changing "I have a dream" speech on civil rights as well as to mark the 50 year anniversary since the landmark speech was delivered.

Here are pictures of the event...

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

What Country Incarcerates The Highest Percentage Of Their Population?

We do of course. It's not even close.

Here's a list of countries that incarcerate the highest percentage of their population... Click the image for a better view.
The statistics represent the countries with the most prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants, as of Februray 2013. The United States had the highest prisoner rate, with about 716 prisoners per 100,000 of the national population.
Were number 1! Were number 1! Were number 1! Were number 1!!!!

Let's hope Attorney General Eric Holder's plan to address the issue of drug-sentencing reform even out these stats. Holder's plans include diverting low-level drug offenders to treatment and community service programs and implement an expanded prison program to allow for the release of some elderly, non-violent offenders.

Thank you to International Centre for Prison Studies for the info and Statista for the chart.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

According To Poll Paula Deen Ranks As More Favorable Among Georgia Republicans Than Martin Luther King, Jr.

Public Policy Polling asked Republicans in Georgia to choose between two public figures who hail from that state. The choices were between N-word spouting TV chef Paula Deen and civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.. Stunningly (or not) Deen overwhelmingly won the popularity contest.

According to the PPP poll he disgraced racist celebrity chef has an overall 73% favorability rating with Georgia Republicans; Martin Luther King, Jr. has a 59% favorability among self-identified Republicans in Georgia.

Here is the tweet Public Policy Polling sent out from its survey of the Peach State...
Yes, you are reading the tweet correctly. Georgia Republicans also had a 28 percent unfavorable rating of Dr. King whereas Deen only weighed in at 11 percent disapproval.

That is all....

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Of Congressmen And Cantaloupes

Republican Representative Of Iowa And Racist Steve King
When I first heard about Rep. Steve King of Iowa's latest racist outburst last week I thought I would let it go. I said to myself it's Steve King after all. He's a sub-par moron who talks directly out of his ass and everyone who knows him pretty much accepts this as a fact. Nobody takes him seriously and what difference would it make if I commented on this particular incident or not. It's one in what seems like a million insanely racist things he has said in the past so I'll just let it go.

I then re-read the comments and thought the better of it. Who is this raging twat with a cesspool for a brain and what insipid lobotomized mental patients voted for him. What would make him think he could say this thing and why would I ever think it was alright to let it pass without calling him out on it.

King's racist comment that I am speaking of is from an interview he gave for the conservative puke factory Newsmax in which he disparaged (yet again) undocumented workers and their children. His exact words were as follows...

For every one who’s a valedictorian, there’s another hundred out there who they weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’ve been hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert,”

That's correct. Steve King is in fact saying that undocumented workers in the United States are more often drug mules than honor students at a ratio of 100 to 1.

As if this statement alone wasn't heinous enough he still wasn't finished.

King then went on to challenge proponents of the immigration law to “define the difference between the innocent ones who have deep ties with America and those who have, I’ll say, been undermining our culture and civilization and profiting from criminal acts.”

Here is the video of King's remarks courtesy of Right Wing Watch...
Even with this King hadn't reached his quota of outright blatant racism because earlier in the week in an interview with Univision King refused to apologize for comparing immigrants to dogs.

All Class as usual for the Rep. from Iowa. How proud they must be.

Police Chief And Owner Of What Has To Be The World's Smallest Penis, Mark Kessler, Has Been Suspended

Here is a follow up on my previous post concerning Mark Kessler ... Unfortunately I am sure it will not be the last we will hear about him.

Gilberton Police Chief and owner of what has to be the world's tiniest penis, Mark Kessler, has been suspended for 30 days without pay for his embarrassing and juvenile YouTube videos. Here is a link to those VIDEOS in my earlier post.

The reason given for Kessler's suspension was that he used borough weapons in his "educational" videos without proper authorization. The discipline was approved 5-1 following a short meeting where supporters and critics of Kessler gathered outside. Kessler's supporters, some of whom were armed, huddled around him at the Borough Hall in an attempt to block the media. Some supporters were seen holding signs one of which read "Impeach Obama. Kessler for President."

After the executive session in which Kessler received his punishment he emerged to tell anyone within earshot of his fate and accused council of "bowing to political pressure." He said he objected to the suspension and wouldn't have done anything differently saying: "There's no policies in place here in Gilberton to govern that… Don't hit the play button. … These people are complaining to complain."

Also at the session was Michael Morrill, executive director of the advocacy group Keystone Progress, who delivered a petition signed by 20,000 people (about 25 times the number of people who live in Gilberton) who want Kessler fired.

Morrill said the issue is not whether Kessler has a right to have a gun or curse on a video. He said it's how he used his words to intimidate people, which is not protected speech. "Kessler's video was produced to threaten and intimidate. People who are registered Democrats cannot expect to be treated fairly because Kessler doesn't even want to call them people because that's being too kind. He calls liberals 'libtards' and says the Founding Fathers would be shooting them if they were alive today."

Also at the gathering was Gene Stilp, an activist from Dauphin County. Stilp, who is a gun owner, said he supports gun rights but said Kessler set a bad example to youth about who a responsible gun owner is. He called Kessler's continued employment a "serious liability issue."

Kessler's supporters of course heckled Mr. Stilp and Mr. Morrill calling them "libtards."

A few of Gilberton residents made statements at the public meeting as well.

A woman named Rose McCarthy said of Kessler, "For him to represent our borough like that is disappointing. He lost all credibility. How could you carry on like that? You know why there's not more residents here? The threats. That's why. Because they're afraid. They're afraid they're going to have their windows shot out. It's sad. It's disheartening."

Gregory Rove told council that his wife is scared to come to Gilberton because Kessler is chief. "If I'm going through the borough, I'm not going to stop until I get to Frackville,". Rove didn't tell council where he lives.

None of the proceedings or the suspension seemed to have any effect on Kessler. This was evidenced by the fact that he posted yet another YouTube video the very day of the suspension. In this gem titled "Chief Kessler, Texas, Tommy Gun shoot, (WARNING" LIBTARD FREE ZONE!)" Kessler is seen firing a "Tommy" gun shooting a paper target of a gunman whom he describes as a "gangbanger," "New York City thug" and likely "Obama voter". After firing several shots kessler remarks "Here we go. That's gun control,… Right in the face."

Here is that video…

The morning after the council meeting and subsequent suspension Kessler took to the internet again (this time to his own website) to accuse Council President Daniel Malloy, Councilman Eric Boxer and Mayor Mary Lou Hannon of "conspiring behind closed doors for full termination" despite his having no proof to back up this claim. In this posting Kessler says: "They needed to suspend first to allow themselves time to look for or make up any reason or lie. HEY BOXER, MALLOY, HANNON, YOU'RE COWARDS, YOU'RE HACKS, YOU PRETEND TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION,YOU SICKEN ME!"

The mayor and councilmen were not immediately available this morning for comment.