Racism · Texas Scholarship for Whites Only · Uncategorized

No Minorities Allowed: Texas Group Launches Scholarship For White Males Only

Hey, to each his own.  Ironically, if the president were in need of such a scholarship, he’d get it.  The eligibility  requirement says: “Male – No less than 25% Caucasian.”

Think Progress

In an effort to address the most under-served minority in a John Travolta film, a non-profit in Texas is launching a scholarship program for disadvantaged students. The Former Majority Association for Equality is offering a $500 scholarship to those who meet one eligibility requirement: “Male – No less than 25% Caucasian“:

The application for a $500 scholarship from the Former Majority Association for Equality looks pretty much like all the others out there. Well, except for this eligibility requirement: “Male – No less than 25% Caucasian.”

Yes, the Texas-based nonprofit organization has launched a scholarship for white men. Members of the group, which goes by FMAFE, say they aren’t racist and “have no hidden agenda to promote racial bigotry or segregation,” according to their Web site. Instead, they say their goal is to provide financial aid to white men who might not qualify for other scholarships.

“FMAE’s existence is dedicated around one simple principle, to provide monetary aid for education to white males who need it,” the group’s mission statement reads.

In addition to being white and male, applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and “demonstrate a commitment to education, and substantiate financial need.” FMAFE insists “it will not accept money from any organization affiliated with white supremacy or hate groups.” Indeed, like the all-white basketball league, FMAFE says it is not promoting “racial bigotry,” but merely giving a leg up to this continually overlooked demographic

Gov. Scott Walker · Koch Brothers · Koch Industries · Wisconsin Assembly · Wisconsin Protesters · Wisconsin Unions · Wisconson Capitol · Wisconson GOP

Plain Talk: With ‘Koch’ call, it’s clear whose side Walker is on

The Cap Times

Several days ago, I had to laugh to myself when I read an early interview with Gov. Scott Walker in the New York Times.

“I’m not going to be intimidated,” Walker pontificated, “particularly by people from other places.”

He then reiterated that theme when he gave his so-called “fireside chat” a few days later.

The implication, of course, was that many of those pro-union demonstrators who descended on the state Capitol weren’t really from Wisconsin. “People from other places” — outsiders, if you will — are to be dismissed by our esteemed governor.

To be sure, people from all parts of the country, appalled by the blatant union-busting that Walker unleashed on the once proud progressive state of Wisconsin, did come to Madison, among them civil rights icon Jesse Jackson and the national president of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka, and thousands of others who wanted to show solidarity with their union brothers.

But I figured it was the height of hypocrisy for a man who owes his election to big moneyed interests from outside Wisconsin and who is supported by the likes of sleazy Web manipulators like Andrew Breitbart of Los Angeles infamy to complain about “outsiders.” What chutzpah.

And then the bombshell: the prank telephone call to Walker from someone saying he was corporate fat cat David Koch. That phone call — taped and posted on the Web — exposed once and for all how outside interests are actually influencing Walker’s union busting.

There is now mounting evidence that this entire anti-public union gambit isn’t even Walker’s own idea, but the first step in an orchestrated national campaign to destroy the power of the union movement and hence the protections they afford to ordinary American workers.

The influence of outsiders first became apparent when the pro-Walker demonstrators showed up at the Capitol Square a week ago and among them was Tim Phillips, whom the New York Times described as “a well-financed advocate from Washington who was there to voice praise for cutting state spending by slashing union benefits and bargaining rights.”

Phillips is the president of Americans for Prosperity, which just happens to be the creation of the billionaire coal and oil barons, the Koch brothers, David and Charles. Their Koch Industries, one of the nation’s largest conglomerates, was one of the biggest contributors to Walker’s campaign, as Judith Davidoff of our staff reported last week.

Phillips brags that executives from the Koch-backed organization had worked behind the scenes to encourage a union showdown in Wisconsin.

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Sara Palinisms · Sarah Palin

Jamie Oliver: Sarah Palin Is A ‘Froot Loop’ For Criticizing Healthy Eating Initiatives

Good to see that  someone else sees that Sarah Palin’s criticism of First Lady Michelle Obama’s healthy eating initiatives is just plain wacky!

Mediaite

Jamie Oliver is a celebrity chef and media personality who has recently leveraged his fame to help inform the public on the benefits of healthy eating. During a taped interview with J.M. Hirsch of the Associated Press, Oliver was asked why some conservative pundits were so critical of the Obama Administrations efforts to promote healthy eating. Oliver’s response on Palin was anything but demure, saying “clearly on this issue, she is a Froot Loop.”

Writing for The Independent, Guy Adams reports:

During a Q&A session at a food festival on Saturday, Mr Oliver was asked what he thought about Palin’s stance. He took a deep breath before declaring: “clearly, on this issue, [she] is a fruit loop”.

The US is in a “really dark moment” on the issue of children’s health said Oliver, who has been filming a series of his Food Revolution TV show in Los Angeles. “The health situation isn’t allowing Americans to be Americans,” he said, adding that healthy eating was “a civil rights issue”.

Cue howls of outrage from supporters of Palin, who resent all criticism of their beloved “Mama Grizzly” – but are never more exercised than when her credibility and patriotism is attacked by an interfering foreigner.

Oliver’s comments gain potency since they play into a wider PR battle, which is pitting Mrs Obama and health officials against the forces of conservatism.

Watch here…

President Barack Obama · President Obama

GOP reality check: Obama looking tougher to beat in 2012

Politico

Just four months after posting historic election gains, Republicans are experiencing a reality check about 2012: President Barack Obama is going to be a lot tougher to defeat than he looked late last year.

Having gone from despondency in 2008 to euphoria last November, a more sober GOP is wincing in the light of day as they consider just how difficult unseating an incumbent president with a massive warchest is going to be, even with a still-dismal economy.

“I consider him a favorite, albeit a slight favorite,” said former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove. “Republicans underestimate President Obama at their own peril.”

Much of the GOP realism is rooted in a long-standing truism of American politics – that absent a major crisis of confidence, it’s highly difficult to defeat a sitting president.

But aside from the traditional advantages of incumbency, Republicans are also fretting about the strength of Obama’s campaign infrastructure, the potential limitations of their own field and, particularly, the same demographic weaknesses that haunted them in 2008.

The best indicator of the GOP outlook on 2012 may be the shape of the party’s prospective field. Many of the contenders who can afford to sit out a presidential election cycle and wait for an open-seat race – Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush come to mind – seem intent on doing so.   More here…

Rep. David Wu

David Wu Explains Mental Health Issues

Well, to this article, all I can say is there are more than one lowly politician who suffers from mental illness. 

The first that come to mine are Scott Walker, John Boehner, Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Pete Sessions, etc.  Personally, I think they all need some much needed psychiatric help!

Huffington Post

An Oregon congressman whose erratic behavior has recently prompted calls for his resignation said Sunday that some of his actions could be attributed to a reaction to mental health drugs.

U.S. Rep. David Wu, a Democrat, told The Associated Press, however, that it does not explain the behavior documented in reports over the last month, which included sending his staff photos of himself wearing a tiger costume.

Wu said he was hospitalized after his 2008 campaign for symptoms that were later diagnosed as a reaction to common mental health drugs. A spokesman, Erik Dorey, identified them as the sleep-aid drug Ambien and a generic form of Valium, which he said Wu used for anxiety and stress.

Wu said that as a result, he felt dizzy and confused on Election Day that year, when his staff and family reportedly were unable to locate him.

“It came up that afternoon, and it knocked me off my can,” Wu said, referring to the symptoms.

The AP interview in his Portland office was the most detailed public account yet of Wu’s psychiatric treatment since reports of his erratic behavior first surfaced last month. Six staff members quit after his 2010 re-election campaign during which the congressman gave angry speeches and talked his way inside the secure portion of Portland International Airport.

The congressman said last year’s episodes were the culmination of a period of mental health challenges that began in 2008 as marital issues led toward his separation from his wife.

He declined to detail the problems in his marriage but said they had nothing to do with his health.

In 2008, Wu was prescribed mental health drugs that he described as “very common.” Wu said he reacted to an enzyme in the drugs, and that after the election he was hospitalized for two days.   More…