Day: May 12, 2011

Fox News Does The “Scary Black Man” Thing – Again!

News Hounds

Since the days of Jim Crow, the forces that seek to strengthen the racist ties that bind have worked relentlessly to create a mythology of an African American male as a brutish creature who menaces innocent white folks – in other words, a scary black man.

 DW Griffith’s pro-Confederacy movie, “Birth of a Nation,” portrayed the black man as a primitive schemer intent on robbing white women of their virginity. During the following decades, the image of the black man was that of a threatening thug.

The very existence of the Nation of Islam and the Black Panthers struck fear into the hearts of a white America which ignored the growing threats of a violent white militia and anti-abortion movement. Flash forward to the 21st century. The Jim Crow mentality is alive and well (at least on Fox Nation) and Fox News is still playing that fear of the scary black man card – and now that there is a scary black man in the White House, who is (gasp) hosting another scary black man (a scary black rapper), the ante had been upped! Ain’t it America for you and me…

The Fox News coverage of the New Black Panther so called “voter intimidation” played to these fears and caused Fox contributor Kirsten Powers to accuse Megyn Kelly of fomenting the fear of the “scary black man.”  But what really embodies the modern “scary black man” is the rap artist. This music was born from the deprivations and depredations of the brutal world of the black inner city – a place where it wasn’t “morning again in America.” As such, it presents a view of life which is alien and, as such, threatening to Fox audience types who also view our first African American president as alien and threatening. So when it was announced that a black rapper was going to perform at the White House, Fox News pulled out all the propaganda stops in a full blown hate-a-palooza. Not only was this an opportunity to bash the president and further the meme of “us vs. them” (or literally, black vs. white); but it was an opportunity to remind Fox “America” about those “scary black men.”

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Hip-Hop for Conservatives

Define irony…

Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic

Ari Melber (and a couple commenters) point out that the interesting thing about Common being attacked, is that one of his best known songs is about as pro-Life as it gets. “Retrospect for Life” always struck me as being of that variety of pop art as “Knocked Up.” People end up in situations where abortion is often the outcome, but the art gives us a bundle of joy because it’s a result we find a lot more pleasing. Or, to be less cynical, its art which reflects the world as we wish it was, as opposed to how it is.

Of course social conservatism isn’t particularly original for hip-hop. “Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth” has the obvious nod toward Pro-Lifers. Goodie Mob “Beautiful Skin” is a rather obnoxious lecture on black female modesty (Though that’s a sick track.) And Lifesava’s “What If It’s True” is chastisement for nonbelievers. But I like “Selector” better, so I think I’ll embed that.

 

Sarah Palin: ‘Just too easy’ to criticize Common’s White House appearance

This woman has been so marginalized to the political sidelines recently, that she had to “go there” to get any attention at all. 

 This part of her statement says it all in terms of her “deep-seated” (to borrow a term from Glenn Beck) racist attitude:

“The White House’s judgment on inviting someone who would glorify cop killing during police memorial week, of all times, the judgment is so lacking of class and decency and all that is good about America with an invite like this.”

Politico

Sarah Palin threw some more fuel onto the fire of the Drudge Report-led controversy swirling around the White House’s decision to host the rapper Common at a celebration of poetry.

“It is just too easy,” Palin said of criticizing the decision, which has caused an uproar in conservative spheres. “The White House’s judgment on inviting someone who would glorify cop killing during police memorial week, of all times, the judgment is so lacking of class and decency and all that is good about America with an invite like this.”

Common has come under attack for some of his past lyrics, including those about a former Black Panther who was convicted of killing a police officer. White House press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday defended the decision to invite Common, pointing out that the rapper has “spoken very forcefully out against violent and misogynist lyrics.”

Still, Palin was happy to jump into the fray Wednesday night in a lengthy television interview almost entirely dedicated to the controversy.

“We thought we were to be united under the leader of the free world, Barack Obama in tamping down racism and inciting violence — and cop killing certainly — and killing a former president,” Palin said on Fox News, interspersing references to some of Common’s lyrics that have been targeted by the right.

“All those things that this rapper has glorified and is known for certainly reflects a lack of judgment on the White House’s part,” she said.

Mary Landrieu, Mark Begich Defend Oil Companies Against Democrats

This is why the Dems are so screwed.  The GOPers walk in lockstep (with an exception here or there) while the Dems have three factions, Blue Dogs, Progressives and Liberals.  The GOP messaging is consistent.  The Dems are all over the place!

“A house divided…”

Huffington Post

The Democratic attempt to take on the major oil companies is being challenged from within, with representatives of producing states rushing to the defense of the dirty-energy industry, complicating the plan to present a stark contrast between the two parties.

Democratic Sens. Mark Begich and Mary Landrieu, who represent Alaska and Louisiana, respectively, each took to the Senate floor Wednesday to decry their party’s attempt to strip tax breaks from the top oil companies.

Landrieu bemoaned the “inherent unfairness” of closing the tax loophole, insisting that doing so “will not reduce gasoline prices by one penny.”

Begich chided the party for putting message over substance. “It is a gimmick, a gimmick to get the next week of activity, and get some press out there,” he said. “Picking on one industry because it sounds good, rates good in the polls, gets you a couple of headlines is not what the American people want us to do here. If anything, they’re getting fed up with that. … Let’s stop the headline-grabbing and get serious about the energy security.”

The infighting couldn’t come at a worse time for Democratic leaders. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), is reportedly “leaning towards” voting to strip the tax breaks, citing “record profits” that come from the companies’ “tax advantage,” according to a tweet from CNN’s Ted Barrett.

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Reality is stranger than fiction…This is weird

Today I found this picture of Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista.  She sort of looks like a classic Stepford Wife.

Picture:

Yesterday I found this video. You be the judge…

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The Eleven Craziest Things Newt Gingrich Has Ever Said

They only came up with eleven?

The Nation

Over his long and checkered career, Newt has said some wild and crazy things—most are deeply offensive, while some are outright bizarre. Here’s the most unhinged Newt-isms, 1989-present. 

(1) “I am convinced that if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America, by the time [my grandchildren are] my age they will be in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists and with no understanding of what it once meant to be an American.” [Address to Cornerstone Church in Texas, March 2011]

(2) “The idea that a congressman would be tainted by accepting money from private industry or private sources is essentially a socialist argument.” [To Mother Jones magazine, October 1989]

(3)  “All I would say is, why did it take so long? The whole thing is strange.” [Speaking to TPM about the recent release of President Obama’s long-form birth certificate, April 2011]

(4) “What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]? That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.” [To the National Review, September 2010]

(5) “It doesn’t matter what I do. People need to hear what I have to say. There’s no one else who can say what I can say. It doesn’t matter what I live.” – [Newt’s explanation for why his multiple affairs won’t damage his political fortunes, as told to his jilted wife.]

(6) “The secular socialist machine represents as great a threat to America as Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union once did.” [In his book To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular-Socialist Machine, May 2010.]

(7) “This is one of the great tragedies of the Bush administration. The more successful they’ve been at intercepting and stopping bad guys, the less proof there is that we’re in danger…. It’s almost like they should every once in a while have allowed an attack to get through just to remind us.” [At a book talk in Huntington, NY, April 2008]

(8) “A mere 40 years ago, beach volleyball was just beginning. No bureaucrat would have invented it, and that’s what freedom is all about.” [At the Republican National Convention, August 1996]

(9) “I want to say to the elite of this country—the elite news media, the liberal academic elite, the liberal political elite: I accuse you in Littleton… of being afraid to talk about the mess you have made, and being afraid to take responsibility for things you have done, and instead foisting upon the rest of us pathetic banalities because you don’t have the courage to look at the world you have created.” [Speaking about the Columbine shootings, May 1999]

(10) “How can you have the mess we have in New Orleans, and not have had deep investigations of the federal government, the state government, the city government, and the failure of citizenship in the Ninth Ward, where 22,000 people were so uneducated and so unprepared, they literally couldn’t get out of the way of a hurricane.” [Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, March 2007]

(11) “I’m running for President.” [5/11/2011]

Donald Trump Says Public Scorn Greater Than He Expected

What the heck did Donald Trump think, that his “poll numbers” which he referred to at every opportunity, would stay high after:

1) The POTUS revealed his long form birth certificate?

2) After the smack down that President  Obama and Seth Meyer gave him at the WHCD?

3) After the POTUS’ spectacular announcement about capturing/killing Osama bin Laden?

Huffington Post

NASHUA, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Real estate magnate Donald Trump suggested Wednesday it’s not much fun flirting with the idea of running for president in the face of relentless attacks and ridicule.

“Nobody said it was going to be easy, but I had no idea I would get hammered in the way I’ve been hammered the past few weeks,” Trump said in Nashua, New Hampshire.

The billionaire host of NBC-TV’s “Celebrity Apprentice” has hinted for months that he will run for the 2012 Republican nomination for a chance to take on President Barack Obama.

But Trump has slipped badly in surveys taken since Obama released his birth certificate confirming he was born in the United States.

The so-called “birther” issue had been a major issue of Trump’s nascent campaign.

Public Policy Polling, which in April showed Trump leading the Republican field with 26 percent support, this week showed him with just 8 percent support.

Still, 700 businesspeople turned out for a sold-out Nashua Chamber of Commerce event. Trump delivered a speech heavy on his post-birther themes: high gas prices, Obama’s healthcare reforms, and U.S. dealings with China and OPEC.

“If Obama gets re-elected, I think your taxes are going to go through the roof,” Trump warned.

Still no word on whether a White House bid is for real, especially now that The Donald’s political star is dimming.

“I’m thinking about running,” he said.

Trump referred to the April 30 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington, during which Obama and comedian Seth Myers mocked the tycoon mercilessly while Trump sat in the audience, stone-faced.

Even Republicans have been taking shots, he noted.

“I haven’t done anything, in all fairness,” he said. “I haven’t even announced whether or not I’m running.”

Jon Stewart’s Epic Takedown Of Fox News For Pushing Rapper Common’s W.H. ‘Controversy’

Jon Stewart is on top of his game with this one!

Mediaite

On tonight’s Daily Show, Jon Stewart took an artistic approach to dealing with Fox News’ substantial coverage of the controversy (or “controversy,” depending where you’re sitting) surrounding the White House’s inclusion of rapper and actor Common in a poetry event.

Stewart kicked things off by noting that Common is the cuddly, mainstream sort of rapper you might find in a Gap ad or hanging out with Elmo. Even FoxNews.com loves the guy! Stewart went after Fox News hosts like Sean Hannity for going after one particular verse within Common’s body of work which references a couple of cop killings and burning a “Bush.”

Stewart pointed to the hypocrisy of Fox News pundits going after Common, but not artists like Johnny Cash, who was honored by President George W. Bush and who also has penned a violent lyric or two in his day, and Ted Nugent, who has made violent remarks about Obama and Hillary Clinton, yet is considered a “friend” by Hannity. (Our own Tommy Christopher wrote about the whole “Nugent Thing” earlier today, as a matter of fact.)

And then… there’s Stewart’s rap. Nothing we could write here could adequately describe its scope and rhyminess, so watch it for yourself, via Comedy Central: