Daily Archives: February 8, 2012

Rick Santorum accuses Obama of being intolerant of hateful bigots

Daily Kos

Won’t someone please think of the bigots?

GOP presidential candidate and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) said the Obama administration’s view of proponents of the California’s “Proposition 8″ amounted to bigotry. [...]According to Santorum, speaking at a campaign stop in Texas Wednesday, the administration’s view of advocates of Proposition 8 is that their “‘belief of marriage between a man and a woman is purely irrational based on irrational hatred and bigotry. Where’s the tolerance in that?”

Of course, the Obama administration hasn’t actually said anything about the recent ruling on Proposition 8. But no matter—poor Rick Santorum is feeling awfully oppressed by the president’s intolerance of Santorum’s intolerance. Why, it’s getting so a proud bigot like Santorum can’t even express his hatred openly without imagining that the president doesn’t agree with him!

Poor guy.

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Jimmy Kimmel Calls Out Mitt Romney’s Incorrect National Anthem Statistic (VIDEO)

Jimmy Kimmel has had his fair share of fun with Mitt Romney during the campaign, but on Tuesday night’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” he really dug into one of the GOP candidate’s more outrageous remarks.

You might remember last week when Romney said Americans are “the only people on earth” who put our hands over our hearts during the national anthem. But that’s just not true.

After pointing out that Italy, Japan, Venezuela and many other countries also follow this tradition, Kimmel presented a new campaign ad for Romney that touts even more erroneous “facts” about America. For instance, did you know that only in this great nation do men pee standing up? God bless America.

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Prejudice May Have Evolutionary Basis, Say ‘Male Warrior’ Researchers

Another research result about intelligence and basal instincts.  Some of us will conclude, “Oh, ok, now I understand” and others will say “No way!”

Hey, that’s how these things go, but it seemed interesting enough to post…

The Huffington Post

Does racism stem from low intelligence? It’s not entirely clear, though recent research found links between bigoted thinking and low scores on I.Q tests. But a new study points to an even deeper explanation for xenophobia and intolerance.

It suggests that prejudice is programmed into our genes.

The study , published January 24 in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, suggests that racism, for example, is essentially a holdover from ancient history – when humans lived in tribes and it made sense to view outsiders with hostility and fear.

Study author Dr. Mark van Vugt told the Telegraph that their research “suggests that the human mind is shaped in a way that tends to perpetuate conflict with ‘outsiders’.”

Van Vugt and his co-authors launched their research in an effort to find support for what’s known as the “male warrior hypothesis.” That’s the notion that that men evolved to show aggression against other men whom they think belong to an ‘outgroup.’ Racist thinking is one result of such a belief. But as one of Van Gugt’s co-authors, Michigan State University biologist Dr. Carlos Navarrete, told The Huffington Post in an email, it also helps account for rivalries and outright hostility on the basis of “nationality, ethnicity, school, tribe, gang, corporation, political party/faction, and the like.”

And, yes, football fans, the hypothesis may also account for the hostility among fans of rival teams. True, we might not tend to think as sports rivalries as manifestation of racism. But evidence suggests that all sorts of human activities that pit one person against another may arise out of the same genetic package.

Is prejudice only a male thing? Not quite. But the study’s authors say their research suggests that men more or less started it, writing in the paper that ingroup-outgroup fireworks “could have affected the social psychologies of men and women differently.”

A LiveScience report suggests that physical appearance may also play a role in prejudiced thinking:

“In a previous study, Navarrete found that white women evaluated black men differently depending on where they were in their menstrual cycle; they rated the men most negatively, in terms of attractiveness and scariness, when they were most likely to conceive. Other studies found that, regardless of race, women view physically formidable men more negatively than weaker-looking men. Taken together, the researchers suggest that women may instinctually avoid people who pose the greatest reproductive threat — formidable outgroup males.”

Navarette said the negative response wouldn’t be expected “If a woman is acquainted with a person of a different race, and she knows this person to not be physically coercive or dangerous in other ways.” In that case, he said, she might even have a more positive reaction to such a person, because a foreign mate would have the bonus of adding diversity to the gene pool

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Romney’s tax plan: Increase taxes on poor, slash for the wealthy

I’m wondering why so many people are willing to vote against their own economic interest, simply to get Obama out of office?

America Blog

It’s no surprise for someone who doesn’t care about the poor. The Romney plan is even more brutal than the Bush plan that kicked the economy. Besides not making any financial sense (there’s only so much money that can be generated by the poor – they’re poor, after all) it’s immoral to continue the brutal assault on those most in need. Bloomberg:

He would also raise taxes on poor families with children at home and those going to college. Romney does this by reducing benefits from the child tax credit and the earned income tax credit and by ending the American Opportunity tax credit for college education. Without these tax breaks, the poorest fifth of taxpayers would pay $157 more in taxes in 2015 than under current policy, the Tax Policy Center says in its analysis of Romney’s plan. The second poorest group would pay $82 more, according to the center, whose past work has been praised by Republicans and Democrats alike. While Romney would make these two groups — the poorest 125 million Americans — pay higher taxes, the top 60 percent all would get tax cuts. The top tenth of one percent would save, on average, $464,000 a year, the Tax Policy Center’s analysis says.

Obama may be weak, too soft on Wall Street, too right wing and generally uninspiring, but the more people see Romney and the rest of the GOP candidates, the better Obama looks. Romney’s plan is just more class warfare by the Romney class against everyone else. Haven’t we had enough of that?

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FBI sees rising threat from ‘sovereign citizen’ movement

The Raw Story

The FBI has said it is monitoring a growing extremist threat from “sovereign citizen” movements, and is targeting their activities to prevent a repeat of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

Followers of “sovereign citizen” ideologies reject all government authority, refusing to pay taxes, not recognizing US currency, and sometimes engaging in acts of violence, FBI officials told reporters on Monday.

“They could be lone wolves, too,” said Stuart McArthur, deputy assistant director of the FBI’s counter-terrorism division, who said it was the agency’s mission to “deter and detect” potential acts of “catastrophic violence.”

The worst act of domestic terrorism in US history was the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995, which claimed the lives of 168 people and left a federal office building in ruins.

Its main perpetrator, Timothy McVeigh, was sentenced to death and executed in 2001.

The FBI said the “sovereign citizen” militants are distinguishable from other ultra-right extremists by their use of homemade license plates, documents and diplomatic credentials, as well as the terminology they use.

“The ideology itself promotes violence and encourages violence,” said special agent Casey Carty, who said the FBI had a duty to be proactive in dealing with the potential threat.

The number of convictions in “sovereign citizen” cases rose from 10 in 2009 to 18 in 2010 and another 18 last year.

“We want to focus on this particular threat,” said McArthur, adding that evidence of the alarming movement is found “all over the country.”

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Proposition 8 Ruled Unconstitutional

Justice, served well.  Next stop, Supreme Court of The United States…

Salon

“Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples.” With these resounding words from the decision by the 9th Circuit (with one judge of three, a George W. Bush appointee, dissenting), the judges agreed that California’s ballot initiative, Proposition 8, violated the 14th Amendment, finding no “legitimate reason” for the law to exist.

Marriages won’t resume, as the stay will remain in place. (The court also rejected the offensive argument that the district court judge, Vaughan Walker, should have recused himself because he happens to be gay). The next step for gay marriage opponents — whose right to defend Proposition 8 in the absence of any state official’s interest was upheld — is to either demand a rehearing from the full 9th Circuit or appeal to the Supreme Court to rule on it, a process that could take years.

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