August 31st, 2012


Of Republican Race Cards and White Denial

Of Republican Race Cards and White Denial
Posted on August 30, 2012

It’s official. The symbolic head of the Republican Party is not Ronald Reagan. It’s Pee-Wee Herman.

It was Herman after all, as portrayed by comic actor Paul Reubens, whose only comeback to every criticism was, “I know you are but what am I?”

And it is this mantra — this maddening, childlike, playground-worthy, makes-me-wanna-slap-you-in-your-damned-face mantra — that has been elevated as of late to the level of official GOP dogma. Whenever someone dares to point out the rather obvious ways in which Republicans (and especially the most conservative among them) have been using symbolic dog whistles to appeal to white racial resentment ever since the election of Barack Obama (and even long before that, going back decades), the Republican retort is hardly more complex than Herman’s above-mentioned rejoinder.

We know you are, but what are we?

Seriously, that’s pretty much it.
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Al Gore: Electoral College System Should Be Replaced By Popular Vote

Former Vice President Al Gore gave a strong endorsement on Thursday for abandoning the Electoral College and returning to a presidential election system more heavily determined by the popular vote.

In a discussion during Current TV's coverage of the Republican National Convention, Gore and his co-panelists argued that Electoral College system had a corrosive effect on the power of votes and presidential leadership. For voters, casting ballots in a state that is predictably red or blue feels pointless in determining presidential elections. For leaders, visiting a state that is already in the bag for Republicans or Democrats seems unnecessary.

"I really do now think that it's time to change that," Gore said. "It's always tough to amend the Constitution and risky to do so, but there is a very interesting movement under way that takes it state by state, that may really have a chance of succeeding. I hope it does."

Gore and former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) proceeded to bring up a proposal, floated by a California professor, that would change the electoral vote allocation and partially tie it to congressional district outcomes.

Before anyone writes off Gore's proposal as a case of sour grapes, however, the former vice president did say that he continued to support the Electoral College, even after it cost him the presidency in 2000, when he won the popular vote but lost the election after a highly contentious vote count gave Florida to former President George W. Bush.

"The logic is it knits the country together, prevents regional conflicts, and it goes back through our history to some legitimate concerns," Gore said. "But since, I've given a lot of thought to it and I've seen how these states are just written off and ignored. And people are effectively disenfranchised in the presidential race."

By Nick Wing. Posted: 08/31/2012 11:24 am Updated: 08/31/2012 11:30 am

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Michigan man pleads guilty to federal hate crime- TW Homophobic Violence

A Detroit man pleaded guilty to a hate crime in federal court today, admitting he assaulted a customer at a convenience store because he believed the man was gay.

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Source. Source also has a link to the youtube video Justin posted last year after the attack, which contains homophobic slurs and shows injuries.

I am so glad they managed to catch the guy who did this! That is pretty great news. Especially nice since this all happened in Detroit and it's so rare to see crimes in Detroit actually get taken seriously and prosecuted.

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Mitt Romney: Always asking the important questions.

Romney in New Orleans Asks Where the Water Came From
By Jackie Koszczuk

Surveying the flood damage produced by Hurricane Isaac, newly minted Republican nominee Mitt Romney on Friday told Gov. Bobby Jindal that he had come to Louisiana to learn -- and then asked where all the water came from.

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Condi presided over a catastrophe. So why is she lecturing Obama?

Condi presided over a catastrophe. So why is she lecturing Obama?

By Fred Kaplan
August 31, 2012

WASHINGTON — To watch Condoleezza Rice, the face of George W. Bush's foreign policy, stand before a convention of cheering Republicans and condemn Barack Obama for diminishing America's standing in the world — one can only gasp at the magnitude of chutzpah in one woman.

After describing a world of freedom fighters and tyrants Wednesday night, Bush's former secretary of state and national security adviser lamented, "Everyone asks, 'Where does America stand?' Indeed that is the question of the hour," she continued, for when "friends or foes alike don't know the answer to that question, unambiguously and clearly, the world is likely to be a more dangerous and chaotic place. … We cannot be reluctant to lead, and you cannot lead from behind."

The solution, she concluded, is to elect Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. "They know what to do," she said. "They know that our friends and allies must again be able to trust us."

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I thought this piece made some really good points. Please discuss!


[Edited to tweak spacing. Because I'm THAT anal. True fax.]