What has Clarence Thomas done to outrage the Left so? Well, for one thing marrying a White woman is just not “tolerant” or something
Supreme CourtJustice Clarence Thomas can add another insult to the list of things “liberal elites” have attacked him for: his marriage to a white woman.
While on the floor of the Alabama House of Representatives, state Rep. Alvin Holmes, a black Democrat, explained why he so dislikes Clarence Thomas: because “he’s married to a white woman,” reporter Mary Sell of The Times Daily and Decatur Daily tweeted Wednesday.
Holmes denied saying such a thing about Thomas, who he then called an “Uncle Tom”. Man what tolerance huh? But that was just the tip of the Iceberg of liberal Bigotry. Thomas REALLY got the Left into full blown nut job mode when he dared to share some memories of Georgia in the 1960′s.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spoke at Palm Beach Atlantic University on Tuesday, and Yahoo’s Chris Moody reported that he used the occasion to say the United States is still way too sensitive about racial issues, lamenting how much “more race and difference-conscious” the country is now than in the 1960s. He said race “rarely” came up when he became the first black child to go to a white school in Savannah, Georgia.
Nowadays, however, you can’t escape people being overly sensitive about race and sex, Thomas said, and revealed that he was treated much worse Northern liberals than by anyone in the South.
“The worst I have been treated was by northern liberal elites. The absolute worst I have ever been treated,” Thomas said. “The worst things that have been done to me, the worst things that have been said about me, by northern liberal elites, not by the people of Savannah, Georgia.”
Whoa! Who does Thomas think he is? He is not allowed to challenge the Left’s narrative on race! He cannot tell people what HIS personal experiences were. No! He must parrot the Left’s narrative that the South was RAAAAACIST! And lynchings were an everyday event, and the South, of course, was, and is a land of evil bigots that hate all minorities. Of course, to his credit, Thomas likely gives not the first damn about the Liberal’s version of American history. He experienced what he experienced, and he shared some of that. And for that, he is being raked over the coals by who else, some of the same Liberal elites that demand Blacks walk, talk, and think in lockstep with Leftist ideology, or else!
The guests on CNN on Wednesday excoriated Thomas for his lack of racial consciousness, and particularly his lament that the country is more conscious of racial difference than it was, in his opinion, 50 years ago.
“What’s so remarkable about this statement that it neglects the fact that in the mid-60s, when he was a kid, you could get killed if you were a black person for speaking about race,” CNN Senior Legal AnalystJeffrey Toobin asserted.
Excuse me Mr. Toobin, but Thomas spoke about HIS experience. He did not “neglect” any facts. The problem here is that Toobin expects anyone who talks about the South in the 50′s or 60′s to follow the Leftist script that Toobin obviously follows. By the way, my mother, who grew up in the South, in the 50′s and 60′s has told me things that are similar to what Thomas said. That is not to say everything was peachy during that time, not at all. Those years are a black mark on my beloved Southland, and many awful, inexcusable events did happen, but does that mean positive things cannot be shared? Does that mean we cannot have an open honest dialogue? You know, the kind of dialogues the Left is always calling for?
Columbia University associate professor Marc Lamont Hill took the like-thinking Struggle Session a step further when he asserted that, not only is Thomas racially conscious, but he has actively made life more difficult for fellow African-Americans.
“He’s had a long history of walking through doors and closing them behind him,” Hill said. “He acknowledges no part that affirmative action played in his life but he wants to close the door for others.”
Hill took issue with Thomas’ desire to eliminate race as a social issue, preferring instead to work toward a merit-based society in which racial concerns play no part. He said it was disturbing, particularly for a powerful justice like Thomas, to “make decisions on color blindness.”
“It shouldn’t be to be post-racial but post racist,” he concluded.
Ah yes, Marc Lamont Hill, who is truly race obsessed and himself, in my view, a racist. Hill is disturbed that Thomas wants to see no skin color. Hill is Black, and apparently, he sees his skin color as a tool to use when it suits his needs. How pathetic!
This is analogous to the problem of conservatives making Fox News a singular focus of efforts to combat liberal media bias. As early as February 2009, I described what I called “The Fox Trap”:
Media-wise, the GOP made the mistake of putting all its eggs in one basket. I enjoy Fox News, but it has created a syndrome where Republicans watch Fox all the time and delude themselves into thinking, “Hey, our message is getting out! We’re winning!” Fact: The evening news broadcasts of ABC, NBC and CBS reach a combined audience of about 22 million; the top rated Fox News show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” reaches 4 million viewers. So if the three broadcast networks are viciously biased against Republicans – and they are – then that anti-GOP message is reaching more than 5 times as many TV viewers as Fox.
[D]uring the Bush presidency, the Left created institutions (notably Media Matters) based on the dubious theory that Fox News and other conservative media had too much influence.
That theory cannot be reconciled with the facts:
NBC Nightly News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9.3 million
ABC World News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.2 million
CBS Evening News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.3 million
Fox News (The O’Reilly Factor) . . . . . . . . . . . 3.2 million
MSNBC (Hardball with Chris Matthews) . . . . . 940,000
CNN (Anderson Cooper 360) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 605,000
Fox News is, as it proudly boasts, Number One in Cable News, accounting for 68% of the cable news audience. Add in the major network evening news broadcasts, however, and the total news audience is closer to 30 million, of which Fox’s share is about 11%.
In other words, 89% of news on TV is reliably liberal in its perspective, and the Left’s obsession with Fox News is absurd. Why should Media Matters have an annual budget of $10 million to counteract the influence of a network that gets 11% of the news audience?
We could discuss at length the ramifications of this data, but the point to be made immediately is that Fox News has functioned like a channelizing terrain feature in the informational battlefield. For the defenders of liberal media hegemony, all they had to do was to isolate Fox — identify it as a hostile force in the eyes of other media — and then to target both the network’s messages and its messengers.
Some very good points raised there. Fox has not influenced the rest of the media to change their game. Instead they have just been pigeon-holed as “Right Wing” by the Left, and to many, many Americans, who get their news from NBC, CBS, and ABC, well, Fox has a, shall we say tarnished reputation. In short, we cannot just rely on Fox News folks. Or on talk radio, which also has been smeared mightily by the Left, or on blogs, which have also been smeared and marginalized by “real journalists”. Stacy McCain sums it up very well
Andrew Breitbart understood this tactic, and fought very hard to escape the “Fox Trap,” which is why he delivered one of his biggest scoops on the WeinerGate scandal — the Meagan Broussard story, which confirmed that Weiner was “sexting” with multiple women — directly to ABC News as an exclusive. If conservative messages and messengers can be limited to one media channel, and that channel reaches no more than a minor fraction of the total news audience, liberals win. It’s really that simple
Wait till those employer provided plans start getting 86ed next year. Then the real caca hits the fan
One of the things you may have noticed in the past couple of weeks is that some liberal pundits are claiming that ObamaCare is essentially a public relations problem: The program is just wonderful, but there have been some P.R. problems with the rollout.
Democrats need to learn that denial is not the name of a river in Egypt:
Democratic leaders claim the bungled launch of Obamacare is just the latest news sensation — a media-stirred tempest that looks in the heat of the moment like it could upend the midterm election, but ends up fizzling well before voters head to the polls.
Some party strategists say they’re in denial.
And that perceived gap between party spin and facts on the ground is fueling worries that the White House and Democratic higher-ups aren’t taking the possible electoral blowback seriously enough or doing enough to shield their candidates. Democratic contenders in the toughest races are distinctly less convinced that Obamacare will fade as an election-year issue — and they can’t afford to just cross their fingers that things get ironed out or that Republicans revert to political hara-kiri.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at a forum hosted by BuzzFeed recently that the rollout won’t “hurt us in 2014,” adding that “we’re proud” of the law. Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, in a recent appearance on CNN, went so far as to assert that Obamacare would be “an advantage” for Democratic candidates next year.
“Democrats will run on the Affordable Care Act and win,” she has also told reporters.
The White House, meanwhile, has come across as equally dismissive of Obamacare’s consequences for 2014.
And the worst news of all came out today in a CNN Poll
And speaking of complete meltdown . . .
We are starting to see a broad polling trend for Barack Obama, and it should have the White House worried — but maybe Obama’s fellow Democrats in Congress even more. The latest CNN poll confirms what the Washington Post/ABC poll first noticed, and what the CBS poll corroborated — Obama’s approval decline involves more than just his performance. The Americans public is souring on Obama as a person and as a brand, and that spells real trouble for his agenda . . . .
President Obama will not be on the ballot in 2014 or 2016, but the American people will be angry with him, and guess who else? His fellow Democrats, and likely any nominee the Democrats put forward in 2016. They will take the losses, and then the only question is will the GOP use enough common sense to reap the electoral benefits?
Via The Other McCain who notes that Alec’s temper tantrums are too much for even MSNBS
Evil Blogger Lady calls attention to the shocking news — shocking! — that the network suits aren’t eager for a return to Baldwinism:
Alec Baldwin is not welcome back at MSNBC because of his infamous angry behavior, network insiders say — including complaining that “the air at 30 Rock is too dry.”
Sources exclusively tell us that MSNBC chiefs are not exactly falling over themselves to get boisterous Baldwin back in the building. One insider said, “He would only show up at work an hour a week to prep for the show, and when he did turn up, he was in an angry mood, red-faced, and shouting at all the staff. And he said the air at 30 Rock was too dry, it was bad for his voice, he needed a humidifier.” .
Poor, poor Alec, it is so sad that not everyone understands how entitled he is.
Here is a hint, it starts with a D, Donald Douglas has more, via CNN
At Legal Insurrection, “Senate Dems killed (Obamacare) grandfather (fix)“:
They own all of our Obamacare problems, completely.
Senate Democrats voted unanimously three years ago to support the Obamacare rule that is largely responsible for some of the health insurance cancellation letters that are going out.
In September 2010, Senate Republicans brought a resolution to the floor to block implementation of the grandfather rule, warning that it would result in canceled policies and violate President Barack Obama’s promise that people could keep their insurance if they liked it.
“The District of Columbia is an island surrounded by reality. Only in the District of Columbia could you get away with telling the people if you like what you have you can keep it, and then pass regulations six months later that do just the opposite and figure that people are going to ignore it. But common sense is eventually going to prevail in this town and common sense is going to have to prevail on this piece of legislation as well,” Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley said at the time.
“The administration’s own regulations prove this is not the case. Under the grandfathering regulation, according to the White House’s own economic impact analysis, as many as 69 percent of businesses will lose their grandfathered status by 2013 and be forced to buy government-approved plans,” the Iowa Republican said.
On a party line vote, Democrats killed the resolution, which could come back to haunt vulnerable Democrats up for re-election this year.
Of course they own every Obamacare issue/problem they refused to listen to any GOP input, and recall not ONE Republican voted for this bill. And each time any Republican has said wait, let’s change this, or let’s take this out, the Democrats have shut them out. America, please remember which party
gave you forced Obamacare on you next November! Bloggers, share this with everyone, spread this around, the more people are informed, the more it will hurt the Democrats, and winning the next two elections is the ONLY way we ever get Obamacare repealed and replaced with common sense reform
When a Tea Party “congressman” representing Georgia’s “15th district” made a joke at the expense of Germans, CNN’s Christine Amanpour was quick to call him out.
“Maybe if we kept a better eye on them in 1939, WWII wouldn’t have happened,” Rep. “Steve Smith” tweeted after Amanpour announced her interview with the German Foreign Minister.
“Seriously?” Amanpour replied in disgust, retweeting his message.
The only problem is, there is no Rep. Steve Smith nor is there a 15th congressional district in Georgia. Someone apparently created the fake/parody “Tea Party Patriot” account to mess with people like Amanpour, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and others.
IN HALF AN HOUR – my interview with German FM Westerwelle on @cnni. He says U.S. spying is “a breach of trust.”
2:35 PM – 31 Oct 2013
After Amanpour brought attention to the fake congressman’s classless remark, others on Twitter have also attacked Rep. Smith.
Penn, the ultimate useful idiot says that Obama should issue an executive order committing Ted Cruz and the Tea Party.
Actor and activist Sean Penn said Monday that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) and other Tea Partiers in Congress need to be committed by executive order.
Such was said to a laughing Piers Morgan on the CNN program bearing his name
SEAN PENN: It is funny, because what you were talking about before we went to the break, you know, I, I was in Port-au-Prince when the shutdown happened. And, and I said to people — they need, I had stuff that it was demanding on me in Port-au-Prince but I, I had to come home. I said, “Listen I, I have to leave Haiti now because I have to travel to the third world county that I come from.”
PIERS MORGAN, HOST: [Laughs]
You have been, you know, this I think, you know, on the forefront of this gun thing. All of these things, and this is also where you get people who think these things.
I think for let’s, let’s go to the Tea Party influence on Congress on this thing. I think they have, there’s a mental health problem in Congress. This would be solved by committing them by executive order, I think, because these our American brothers and sisters. We shouldn’t be criticizing them, attacking them. We should take their — this is a cry for help.
PIERS MORGAN, HOST: You literally commit what …
PENN: I think …
MORGAN: … people like Ted Cruz?
PENN: He’s, he’s my American brother. I want, we think, we should take care of him. He’s in trouble.
MORGAN: [Laughs] Well, actually have him committed.
PENN: Yeah, I thinks it’s a good idea.
PENN: [Laughs] But then you look at, you know, the, look, there’s a lot of reason to take a shot at me and I’m giving people a lot reason to over the years. But the thing you’re talking about and, and the way people’s perception of political positions are, is a direct reaction to their lack of, of their education which is a huge problem that we’re dealing with in the country. And between an uneducated people and the solipsism of the people like Ted Cruz and their party, it’s a poisonous thing.
Good grief, there is indeed an education problem, and it is retarding the mental health of idiots like Penn. People who refuse to understand that Marxism does not work. But, tell you what Sean why don’t you start by ringing my doorbell. See how that works out for you. Let us see what happens when a Marxist troll confronts a patriot who loves America, OK Sean? But, of course Penn might be stupid, but he ain’t that stupid.
Washington (CNN) – The Obama administration was given stark warnings just one month before launch that the federal healthcare site was not ready to go live, according to a confidential report obtained by CNN.
The caution, from the main contractor CGI, warned of a number of open risks and issues for the HealthCare.gov web site even as company executives were testifying publicly that the project had achieved key milestones.
On Capitol Hill on Monday, Medicaid Chief Marilyn Tavenner, whose job it was to oversee the October 1 rollout of the website, said she did not foresee its problems.
“No, we had tested the website and we were comfortable with its performance,” she said. “Now, like I said, we knew all along there would be as with any new website, some individual glitches we would have to work out. But, the volume issue and the creation of account issues was not anticipated and obviously took us by surprise. And did not show up in testing.”
But the CGI document, which describes “top risks currently open” and “outstanding issues currently being mitigated” says the testing timeframes are “not adequate to complete full functional, system, and integration testing activities” and lists the impact of the problems as “significant.”
Another element is listed as ” not enough time in schedule to conduct adequate performance testing” and given the highest priority.
I was at work today, and CNN was on one of the TVs at the bar, we put two on sports, one on the news, and I always used to put Fox on, but one of my bosses prefers CNN, so, well…. Anyway, when the news that a teachers body had been found in some woods near Danvers High School broke, I watched to see what had happened. After a few minutes, I noted to one of the costumers that the teacher had likely been stabbed, maybe beaten, or strangled to death. They asked me how I knew, since the news had not reported the likely cause of the teacher’s demise. Not knowing the political bent of this gentleman, I avoided saying why I reached such a conclusion, which is if the teacher had been shot the media would be focused solely on what kind of gun, was there a high capacity magazine involved, and could it have been an AR-15, and did stand your ground laws cause this tragedy. Instead I just said it was a gut feeling. A gut feeling that a fellow blogger, some guy named McCain shares it seems
Saw this headline at Memeorandum:
The story doesn’t say how the teacher was killed, but the fact that MSNBC wasn’t running a gun-control telethon was a clue that she probably wasn’t shot to death.
Like the headline says, you can learn a lot fro the media, if you pay attention to what they do not say.
Wonder why the lovely Carol Costello did not share this BEFORE the election last November
Buffoonery, or is it deliberate? I cannot put my mind on why they would do this deliberately, there seems to be nothing politically advantageous in that. Frankly, the politically expedient action would be to delay this a year, the voters would not feel the effects in 2014, and that would help Democrats in the November elections. Of course, I am guessing that Team Obama wants to get as many enrolled ASAP! Get the people dependent now, which, of course has been the goal all along. If my gut is right, and this is just incompetence, then this is idiocy on an unprecedented level. And the implosion of Obama Care might come sooner than anyone expected. What is it I keep saying about this administration? Expect the unexpected to be a whole lot worse than anyone expected.
CNN reporter Elizabeth Cohen still can’t get onto the $634 million Obamacare website after two weeks of trying.
On Friday afternoon, CNN’s Don Lemon blamed the government shutdown over ObamaCare for “not really helping” the mentally ill woman killed by police on Capitol Hill on Thursday who needed “health care.”
“[T]his woman is in obvious need of mental health, and that means health care. And so what they’re doing in Washington is not really helping her, is it?” he asked psychotherapist Wendy Walsh who then plugged ObamaCare. [Video below the break. Audio here.]
Sure, this woman would have been given every treatment needed if only Ted Cruz would behave right? I suppose Lemmon never thinks that maybe Harry Reid and Democrats bear some culpability over the shut down?
Of course, MSNBS and the rest will not make this story into a campaign for stricter car sales laws. Frankly, blaming the car would be idiotic. But had this woman shot at police, it would be all about blaming the gun. I wish the media could offer some consistency.
A mentally disturbed woman used her car to attack police in DC, and to try and crash the White House gates apparently today. The Other McCain has more on this woman
Consider this just a place-holder post, really. Some crazy lady went on a vehicular rampage in Washington, D.C., today. She reportedly tried to ram the gates at the White House, then led cops on a chase to Capitol Hill, where she rammed a police car before finally being shot to death. She reportedly had a child in the car with her, and the child was unharmed.
Who was this woman? What was her motive?
this point, I have no clue and don’t want to speculate.
The woman was 34, The Other McCain has a photo of her, she was pretty. It is sad, this woman was obviously disturbed. What a shame she could not get whatever help she needed. It is disturbing, to look at a picture of a smiling face and imagine the illness behind those eyes. Here is more on Miriam Carey
Well, this didn’t take very long:
A dental hygienist from Connecticut was the female driver who tried to ram her car into a White House barricade and was shot dead near the US Capitol after a high-speed chase through Washington streets Thursday afternoon, law enforcement sources told The Post.
Sources said Miriam Carey, who formerly lived in Brooklyn, was licensed to practice in New York and Connecticut and had a permit to work as a hygienist in Connecticut prisons. . . .
ABC News said the 34-year-old woman had a history of mental health issues. A task force of FBI and Secret Service agents was executing a search warrant at her Connecticut home, CNN said.
She is not what you expect when you think of someone ramming police cars. You expect some seedy looking guy. Hard to say what it is but something about this story really gets to me. You cannot blame the police, not at all. They did their jobs.
Good for Dana Bash for asking the question. Reid’s answer exposes his, and his fellow Democrats rank arrogance. Talk about an insensitive response. Other people have problems too, so according to Senator Weasel Dick, kids with cancer can go without help so the Democrats can play politics, and finish forcing Obama Care on people who never wanted it.
Exit question: Is there anything Democrats will not do to gain total control of our lives?
UPDATE! Smitty notes something i should have caught at 49 seconds into the video asks this
0:49 What right do they have to pick and choose what part of government’s going to be funded?
And the Constitution says:
All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.
So if the House, which has remained oddly stuck in size since 1910, and thus may not represent the people with optimal fidelity, originates a bill, it’s kind of odd that the Dim Bulb from Vegas not know from whence that right originates.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., one of the leaders of a GOP “moderate revolt” on Monday, says he can never forgive Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for leading an effort to defund Obamacare as part of a budget resolution.
“This was a doomed process from the start,” King told CNN on Monday. King said he went along with a vote to defund the Affordable Care Act because he was told it would get the ball rolling and prevent the government from shutting down.
“It’s obvious now there is no end in sight,” King told CNN. “This is a fool’s errand.”
“They live in these narrow echo chambers where they listen to themselves and their tea party friends, and that keeps them going, forgetting that the rest of the country thinks we’re crazy,” King said. “I can never forgive Ted Cruz for what he’s done and the people who stood with him against their party.”
I get it. King and other Republicans believe that standing strong to principles will hurt the GOP. But really, do king and McCain and the rest think that putting politics over principles will get more people to support them? Maybe they should, for once, pay attention to who is saying the GOP will be hurt by this. The Democrats are, the media is. Do these Republicans who are so deeply offended by Senators like Mike Lee and Ted Cruz really not grasp that listening to advice from Democrats is not a wise path to travel? Has it ever dawned on them that Democrats are saying what they are BECAUSE they are afraid the GOP will unite behind Conservatism, for once?
I may not be a politician, but I know that taking advice from your enemies on how to beat them is not going to end well for you. I also know that voters are not going to flock to a party that not only shows no backbone, but attacks their own when they do.
How pathetic is our media? A mad man goes on a murderous rampage, killing 12 people, and the media’s first quest seems to be what kind of gun he used. And while they got that story wrong, largely because of their obsession with demonizing the AR-15, which is just a rifle, they continue to miss the politically correct elephant in the room. Powerline does not miss the most obvious question. How in the Hell did Aaron Alexis ever get security clearance?
According to reports, Alexis was arrested in Seattle in 2004 for shooting out the tires of a parked car. Apparently, he did so in a rage because he felt two construction workers had disrespected him.
The Seattle police said today that it referred Alexis’ case to the Seattle Municipal Court for charges of property damage and discharge of a firearm. But there’s no indication that Alexis was ever prosecuted. And a spokesperson for the Seattle City Attorney’s Office claims that it never received the report from police and so did not review the matter for possible charges.
If Alexis had been prosecuted and convicted, I don’t know that he would have gone to jail. But in a healthy, properly functioning society, he would have served time. And he certainly wouldn’t have walked due to faulty paperwork.
But let’s take Alexis’ situation one step further. If Alexis been convicted of discharging a firearm in public, prospective employers who conduct background checks (including, presumably, the Navy) would likely have learned of the conviction. Given the obvious threat posed by someone who shoots guns at cars because he feels disrespected, rational employers would have refused to hire Alexis.
But the civil rights community and the EEOC are inclined to sue employers whose criminal background check policies exclude black applicants in disproportionate numbers, which most such policies do. As an African-American, Alexis could have been a plaintiff in a private suit or a claimant in a government suit.
Gee I wonder why the media is spending less time asking about how he got the job and security clearance than about the weapon he used. Oh yes, narrative!
Stacy McCain and Matt at Conservative Hideout note how the media fails to report on the all-too-common incidents of violent attacks on Whites by Blacks. We know why the media either ignores the racial elements that drive these attacks, or ignores the attacks altogether. These crimes do not fit the narrative. But, I can guarantee what WILL get the media hopping mad, and it is bound to happen soon. One of these thugs will choose someone with a concealed carry permit. The thug will be shot, and killed. THEN watch the media come flying in to spin that particular incident into a case of racial profiling. Heck we might even see the dead thug given the St. Trayvon treatment while the person who defended their life will be vilified. Then we will have Piers Morgan crying on CNN every night demanding that being shot be made illegal. Then we will see Stand Your Ground Laws attacked. then we will see concealed carry laws attacked. Then it will be racism morning noon and night! Because THEN the media will care because NARRATIVE!