Mine Disaster

Obama to Deliver a Eulogy Honoring W.Va. Coal Miners

On a personal note, given the current political in our country, I have my reservations about the POTUS and VP venturing into West Virginia territory where they will attend the funeral for the 29 miners killed in a mine blast earlier this month.

However, according to reports, President Obama and Vice-President Biden were invited to the memorial.  I think it’s an honorable thing for them to attend.  I can’t imagine the former president attending an event that was totally anti-corporation.  Kudos to the POTUS and VP. 

Wall Street Journal:

U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will participate in a memorial on Sunday in West Virginia for the 29 miners killed in a coal-mine explosion earlier this month.

The White House said that the president and the vice president will travel to Beckley, W.Va., the town just outside the site of the explosion. Obama will deliver a eulogy honoring the miners, who were killed in the worst coal-mine explosion in 40 years.

Last week, Obama and the owners of the coal mine traded accusations, with the president saying the mine owners put profits ahead of safety, and the mining firm, Massey Energy Co., warning of a “rush to judgment.”

Right Wing Extremism

Right Wing Round-Up #5

Right Wing Watch:

Texas Freedom Network: David Barton’s Contempt for Teachers.

Think Progress: Limbaugh: Volcanic eruption in Iceland is God’s reaction to health care’s passage.

David Weigel: Tancredo: Send Obama ‘back’ to Kenya.

Towleroad: President of Duke College Republicans Forced Out After Fellow Students Discover He’s Gay.

Steve Benen: Leave The 19th Amendment Alone.

Greg Sargent: Palin: Founding Fathers Wouldn’t Agree With Separation Of Church And State.

Despite the fact that Sarah Palin has earned millions of dollars since quitting as Governor, her SarahPAC seems to be spending a lot of money making sure she travels in style.

Box Turtlle Bulletin: National Institutes of Health Director condemns anti-gay pediatrician group.

The National Journal says Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s religion may be one of his “greatest assets” as he contemplates a 2012 run for president, an issue that “has been largely overlooked by both the national media and the Pawlenty camp itself.”

Newt Gingrich and Jim Garlow team up to defend the Christian Legal Society’s right to bar gays and non believers from its membership in an Washington Post op-ed.

Truth Wins Out’s Wayne Besen provides an inside look at the Freedom Federation’s ” Awakening” conference, while Liberty Counsel’s Matt Barber provides a different take on events.

Finally, Good As You: Focus on the Family’s ME outpost: Gay tolerance will destroy America, just like it did the World Trade Center.

Tea Party Anger

Joan Walsh (Salon) Asks: Can we stop pretending the anti-Obama movement is a populist, anti-elite uprising?

Most of the mainstream media has embraced the national tea parties as simply anti-government, anti-elite, anti-Obama populists.  The media has fueled their very existence with favorable reports of their potential political power and in fact, strong  support from many congressman.

 Joan Walsh of Salon.com,  and a few others, like myself, disagree wholeheartedly with that assessment: 

The Tea Partiers’ racial paranoia

Salon’s Numerologist, David Jarman, nails it today: He combines the widely covered CBS/New York Times poll on the Tea Partiers — no surprise, they’re white, and they think President Obama is doing too much for black people; some surprise, they’re wealthier than the average voter — with a less-covered University of Washington poll that finds they also doubt the hard work, intelligence and trustworthiness of black people.

The Times poll was enlightening: Yes, they’re white, older, male and Republican; 56 percent make over $50,000 a year and 12 percent make over $250,000. They’re more likely to rely on Social Security and Medicare than the average voter — and, no surprise, they tend to approve of those two programs. The Times goes on:

 More than half say the policies of the administration favor the poor, and 25 percent think that the administration favors blacks over whites — compared with 11 percent of the general public.   

They are more likely than the general public, and Republicans, to say that too much has been made of the problems facing black people. 

As my friend Digby points out, make that “way more likely: 52% of them think that as compared to only 28% of the general public.” (Digby delves into much more detail about the poll, here.) 

 But Jarman also digs into a University of Washington poll released last week that looked at the views of Tea Party supporters in seven battleground states. Not only do they think too much is made of the problems facing black people, they have bigoted views about black people generally. Jarman explains:  

People who think that “the U.S. government has done too much to support blacks” were 36 percent more likely to support the Tea Party than those who didn’t think so. Among whites who approve of the Tea Party, only 35 percent said they believe blacks are hard-working, only 45 percent believe blacks are intelligent, and just 41 percent believe that they’re trustworthy. 

 And Tea Party supporters don’t like it when anyone notices the racists in their midst? 

 I’ve written before that I find it galling when the wealthy, white Pat Buchanan (who by the way spent much of his adult life on government health insurance) lectures me about being “condescending” to the Tea Partiers, as though they’re a grass-roots uprising of the vulnerable against the elites. That’s garbage: They are a well-funded uprising of the elites against the vulnerable. And they’d be nowhere if their mission wasn’t largely supported by the top of corporate America (and the GOP shadow government in waiting). 

 The idea that the Obama administration’s policies somehow favor black people will come as a surprise to many in the black community who are concerned that the president hasn’t done enough to directly address the crisis of unemployment, especially among black men. I happen to believe Obama’s race-neutral employment policies, targeted to place, not race, are the way to tackle the problem. But I have an idea for Tavis Smiley, Cornel West and Michael Eric Dyson: They should hook up with the Tea Partiers. That’s an audience that really needs to hear their complaints about how little Obama is doing for black people.

Tea Partiers · Tea Party Anger · Tea Party Bullies

Former Rep. Tancredo: Send Obama Back To Kenya!

There’s no doubt that despite the “best” efforts of Americans For Prosperity and other Tea Party deep pocket sponsors, for teabaggers to tone down the violent and racist rhetoric, this week-end, it’s still happening.  This week-end in Greenville, SC, observers saw a ratcheting up of violent and racist rhetoric:


A Tea Party rally in Greenville, South Carolina over the weekend took some of the Tea Party’s violent rhetoric to new levels, with speakers attacking everything from President Obama’s citizenship to Sen. Lindsey Graham’s sexuality.

The event was hosted by the Upcountry Conservative Coalition, a local South Carolina conservative group that describes its mission statement as:

We the People…are coalescing to reclaim our God given rights by restoring our Constitutional Republic.The event took place at the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville, and featured former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) as its keynote speaker. Tancredo, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, said that Americans are “going to have to pray that we can hold on to this country.”

He added, referring to President Obama: “If his wife says Kenya is his homeland, why don’t we just send him back?”

Pastor Stan Craig, of the Choice Hills Baptist Church, was particularly angry about the state of Washington, saying he “was trained to defend the liberties of this nation.” He declared that he was prepared to “suit up, get my gun, go to Washington, and do what they trained me to do.”    Watch:

Dan Gonzales, who Chairs the Constitution Party in Florida, asserted that “this is the end of America right here,” and if the Tea Partiers “don’t get to work we’re going to be fighting in the streets.”

He was not particularly kind to the Republican party either, claiming they were owned by the Rockefeller family.     


Another speaker, who claimed Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is gay, noted:

I’m a tolerant person. I don’t care about your private life, Lindsey, but as our U.S. Senator I need to figure out why you’re trying to sell out your own countrymen, and I need to make sure you being gay isn’t it.