Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Ku Klux Klan Add Insult To Injury In The Shooting Death Of Michael Brown

On Saturday Aug. 9th at 12:01 p.m. in Ferguson, Missouri, a police officer encountered 18 year old Michael Brown and his friend as they both walked down a street. As a result of the encounter the unarmed Brown was shot to death by that officer.

There are many differing accounts of what led up to the shooting but what remains as fact is that Michael Brown was unarmed at the time of the meeting and that Michael Brown is dead from 6 bullet wounds that he received from that Ferguson police officer on that night.

Over the next several weeks the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, saw candlelight vigils, marches, rallies, civil unrest. looting, tear gas, bullets, concussion grenades and armored assault vehicles rolling through Michael Browns neighborhood.

Although most people agree that the outcome of that fateful night resulted in a tragedy it seems that many cannot agree upon whom the tragedy befell.

Sides were taken.

It appeared that the country was evenly divided when it came to the issue. Half see Michael Brown as the victim and the other half see the unnamed officer as unjustly accused. As it always does many see this split along political affiliation lines. It is perceived that liberals were taking Brown's side and right wingers taking the officers.

The next several paragraphs of this post may shed some light on whether you believe this to be true or not... You can decide for yourself.

As of last week it has come to light that A Missouri chapter of a South Carolina Ku Klux Klan group named The New Empire Knights is soliciting funds for the police officer who had shot and killed Michael Brown. This Klan chapter has also just announced that they are planning to hold a fundraiser this weekend for the officer as well.

Charles Murray, the Imperial Wizard of the New Empire Knights, says...

"All money will go to the cop who did his job against the Negro criminal,"

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hate Watch blog reported that the South Carolina-based New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan boasted that its Missouri chapter is raising money as a “reward” for the officer.

In an email from the group they boasted that..

We are setting up a reward/fund for the police officer who shot this thug. He is a hero! We need more white cops who are anti-Zog and willing to put Jewish controlled black thugs in their place. Most cops are cowards and do nothing while 90 percent of interracial crime is black (and non-white) on white.”

In addition to this group an altogether different chapter of the klan from Arizona wrote on its blog wrote...

We know that Michael Brown was nothing more than a punk. The media and others are painting him out to be a ‘good son’ and ‘great kid.’ The blacks of Missouri are showing their love of him by rioting, attacking and shooting people. Nothing new.”

Any and all attempts to communicate with either Klan chapter have gone unanswered.

All the fundraising attempts are being disputed by the Imperial Wizard of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan based in Potosi, Missouri who says the fundraising are being perpetrated by "rogue" members trying to give the group a bad name.

Heavens forbid the Klan get a "bad name"!

Along with the Klan's efforts to fundraise for the officer there have also been two major GoFundMe pages raising money for him as well. Combined, the fundraisers had amassed almost $500,000.

There is no word on whether the GoFundMe pages are run by the Klan and/or racists entities though there is the very strong possibility that they are indeed douche-bags.

It all reminds me of the famous saying that goes...

"Not all Republicans are racist but all racists are Republicans,"

I'll leave it at that.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Tan Suit Troubles!

Really guys... My suit color now... I'm out!
While many folks on social media poked fun at President Obama's choice of suit at a Thursday news conference one conservative member of Congress wasn't having any of it.

Republican Rep. Peter King of New York is instead very very upset with Mr. Obama for wearing “a light suit, light tan suit” while discussing the threat of ISIS yesterday. 

While discussing the matter on NewsMaxTV King said of the sartorial sacrilege...
There’s no way any of us can excuse what the president did yesterday. When you have the world watching… a week, two weeks of anticipation of what the United States is gonna do. For him to walk out — I’m not trying to be trivial here — in a light suit, light tan suit, saying that first he wants to talk about what most Americans care about the revision of second quarter numbers on the economy. This is a week after Jim Foley was beheaded and he’s trying to act like real Americans care about the economy, not about ISIS and not about terrorism. And then he goes on to say he has no strategy.”

King went on to say that Obama’s comments and actions showed “foreign policy was not a major issue” for President Obama.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest responded to the tan suit outrage by saying...

"The president stands squarely behind the decision that he made yesterday to wear his summer suit at yesterday’s news conference. It’s the Thursday before Labor Day. He feels pretty good about it.” 

And don't think for a moment king was the only wing-nut to feel rage at Obama's fashion choices. Every Fox News pundit and conservative radio hate merchant was on that suit like tan on George Hamilton!

It is embarrassingly apparent now that 6 years into this presidents term and it is clear they will never cut him a break on anything to which I say... Lighten up Francis.

By the way in case you were wondering... Yeah it's been done before.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Republican Congressman Mo Brooks Declares There Is A "War On Whites"!

To put this post into context Republican Congressman Mo Brooks from Alabama first broke into the public consciousness in 2011 when he was reprimanded by the head of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus as well as two groups of Hispanic Republicans for controversial remarks he made about undocumented immigrants. His remarks about those undocumented immigrants were as follows:

"As your congressman on the House floor, I will do anything short of shooting them,"

With that out of the way let's move to present day where Brooks is back in the spotlight for making another sensationalistic claim. In this go around Brooks is taking it upon himself to warn the American people that that there is an ongoing "war on whites" taking place in the good old U.S. of A. To top it all off not only is their an ongoing war you'll never guess who is perpetuating it... It's the dirty DEMOCRATS!

Brooks made his moronic comments on Laura Ingraham's right wing radio talk show earlier this week. On the program Brooks accused the Democratic Party of saying "that white people hate everyone else" and that it's part of President Barack Obama's strategy of dividing people on the basis of race, sex and class.

The remarks came while Brooks and Ingram discussed immigration legislation passed last week by the House that would result in the increased deportation of the Latin American children who have fled to the US to escape violence and whether the Republican Party risked losing Latino voters due to this legislation. In the course of the ensuing discussion Brooks blurted out this bit of lunacy...

"This is a part of the war on whites that's being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they are launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else. It's a part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued it in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, creed, envy, class warfare - all those kinds of things."

The very next day when Brooks was given a chance to explain his incendiary remarks in an interview with USA Today he instead doubled down by saying that Democrats were the ones being incendiary. He continued by explaining that it was instead the Democrats who were hurting their prospects with the "white voters"...

"...The Democrats have a political campaign strategy to divide Americans based on skin pigmentation then they are the ones who are fanning the fires and doing a disservice to our country, not those who try to hold the Democrats accountable for what is a very counterproductive and sinister campaign tactic."

So let me try to wrap my brain around this. Brooks claims that since 2008 the Democrats have been waging a "war on whites" so that when the Republicans drafted the house legislation to deport Latinos in 2014 the six year strategy would all pay off for them. But according to Brooks all the years of planning will go awry and backfire on the Dems by costing them all the "white votes" in the foreseeable future.

Ummm, okay... I think I've got it.

And all this time I thought the victimization narrative of the of the white right wingers was driven by the fear that the changing social structure will eventually lead to them becoming the minority in this country.

My bad.

As a registered Democrat I guess my "War On Whites" mailer got misplaced back in 2008... Or maybe it's because I'm white!!!!! Heeeey! That's not fair!

Monday, August 4, 2014

RIP James Brady (1940 - 2014)

Today, former White House Press Secretary and gun control advocate, James Brady died at the age of 73.

Brady served under President Ronald Reagan and was with him the fateful day when the assassination attempt on Reagan life took place in 1981. In the attack Brady was shot and left permanently disabled.

Brady was grievously wounded in the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan in 1981

After the shooting Brady became an fervent advocate for gun control and spent years pushing for the passage of Brady Bill which carried his name. The bill required a five-day waiting period and a background check before a prospective handgun buyer. That bill was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993.

Brady's legacy lives on in the nonprofit organization the Brady Campaign -- made up of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

My personal thought is that I can not imagine the horror and disbelief that Brady must have experienced after watching the recent gun massacres that have occurred over the last several years combined witnessing the inability of our elected officials to pass any new gun control laws.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Hyperbolic Racist Stephen Steinlight Wants President Obama "Hung, Drawn And Quartered"

Hyperbolic Racist Steinlight would also like the President's "head on a skewer"
Last week, Stephen Steinlight, a Senior Policy Analyst for the Center for Immigration Studies advocated for the execution of President Barack Obama.

Steinlight, an immigration policy analyst from a think tank often cited by Republicans, suggested during a speech to the Highlands Tea Party in Florida that efforts to impeach Obama did not go far enough because "there's no court that's going to stop Obama from doing anything."

Hearing the crowd's delight Steinlight amped up his rhetoric when he continued his screed saying...

"We all know, if there ever was a president that deserved to be impeached, it’s this guy. Alright? And I wouldn’t stop. I would think being hung, drawn and quartered is probably too good for him. But you know, this man who wants to rule by the use of a pen, a telephone, let us not forget his teleprompter … the fact is that it would backfire very badly and we’ve got to be grownups and accept that we can’t have everything we want, you know, [like] his head on a skewer.”

Steinlight's comments were proudly posted July 20 on YouTube by Highlands Tea Party Chairman John Nelson. Once it dawned on the Tea Partiers (as well as the group Steinlight worked) how incendiary the video was it was quickly taken down. Despite it's removal The Huffington Post viewed it while it was still publicly available and the site Right Wing Watch managed to capture part of his remarks and re-posted it on YouTube.

Watch the clip here...
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When reached for comment, Steven Camarota, director of research at CIS, distanced the organization from Steinlight's remarks.

"Steve was speaking figuratively and hyperbolically, obviously, for effect."


In case you were wondering if this was a one time thing for Steinlight it isn't.  In the past he has stated that Hispanic immigration would lead to the "unmaking of America," and that Muslims should be banned from immigrating to the United States because they "believe in things that are subversive to the Constitution."

The Center for Immigration Studies research has been influential with Republicans, being cited by lawmakers such as House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).

This has been a friendly reminder of the views right wingers hold towards not only Barack Obama but those who have immigrated to our country. I may be going out on a limb here but I think they probably believe our President immigrated as well.