Tea Party Comix No Laughing Matter

This "Tea Party Comix" thing is about as subtle - or as realistic - as finding a congressman wearing a "Secret Council Of Bribe-taking Politicians" t-shirt. It is unlikely, though not impossible, that this was commissioned by a chapter of the Tea Part movement. The problem the Tea Party groups have, though, is the same one a black ex-con drug dealer in a doo-rag has when he is seen hanging around a known drug trafficking area.



I don't know who did these, but whoever they were, they put a lot of time and effort into drawing these panels.




There really is no real information out here in the blogosphere about the true origins of these comics...




...but since some factions of the Tea Party have been known to look the other way when people who are willing to publicly share similar thoughts to the ones depicted in these panels during their rallies and events, it is an easy thing to mentally tar their organizations with the same brush.




Some of the verbiage in them, in fact, resemble the same kind of language that permeates the comment sections of places like FOX News, and the kinds of headlines that appear on conservative websites and blogs all over the web.




If the Tea Party is willing to lie down with dogs, they are likely to pick up the kind of fleas who are willing to devote hours to putting these kinds of ideas in print.



I did a series during the last presidential campaign that showcased similar efforts to dehumanize Barack Obama, efforts that hauled out the same stereotypes black people have been fighting against since our ancestors toiled in abject and unending servitude.

 
Which probably means that over the coming months, there will be many people who share this artist's point of view who come to this blog to check out the photos.




Something tells me that they won't be smiling when the dust clears in November at the polls.



While the people in who call themselves journalists from the Washington Post and the New York Times try to figure out how they can tip toe around this fake video tape scandal they were salivating over last week, so they can get back to regularly scheduled delivery of the pablum they usually spoon feed us, I went on a little field trip over to the FOX News website last week to see what was going on in their comments section. I was not surprised at what I found in the comments on Juan Williams Race, Lies, and Videotape at the Fox Forum page:

getumout

I have to apologize to the world for the couple of people from my state -Utah- for people like karen bateman's post. Most of us are not left wing nuts that don't have a clue what they are talking about. I appreciate Fox news for reporting the things that are said or put forth as facts, designed to destroy and split the unity of America. Unlike MessNBC and CNN, Fox news does not make up stories like liberals do. If liberals would pay attention, Fox ALWAYS backs up everything they report. Maybe the information is wrong but it is NOT Fox's fault FOX NEWS - 11,089 right! 1 wrong! Not bad Fox!

Friday, July 23, 2010 at 10:38 AM



azfox1270
Arizona

I TRUST FOX NEWS................THE NAACP TOOK THE BATE..............LOL GOOD JOB FOX...............!

Friday, July 23, 2010 at 10:37 AM



trumpetsounds

after listening to the entire video it is evident she is a racist. Get the facts first before passing judgment.

Friday, July 23, 2010 at 10:21 AM


ytb1982
Missouri

Has anyone considerd that she said she would take them to thier own kind, a white lawyer?? This woman is a left activist and she deserved to be fired. Fox news is the only honest media outlet period. Breitbart got set-up and how did they find these farmers so fast after this video surfaced. I smell a rat. The left wing will stop at nothing to turn around what is clearly becoming an awakening in America. The truth will prevail.

Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 8:39 PM


gcblues in Nicaragua

hey no prob libs. we will fry briebart for his actions. just remember this media out of context lying offensive is practiced by the left much more than the right. i am good with going after media fraud. however, it is long past time to make sure the liars at msnbc, nbc, cbs and cnn get the skewer equally. those of you that supported hillary clinton in the primaries no full well what a lying assault by the media feels like. we on the right have been lied about for a very long time.

Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 8:05 PM



me262
Tennessee

This is a clear cut hatchet job by the NAACP and the Obama administration against Andrew Breitbart and Glenn Beck and anyone who thinks other wise only deceives themselves! The truth will come out once they find the source who leaked the edited video to Breitbart! Then some heads will roll for sure!

Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 7:26 PM


rlavallee

I am proud to be smeared and libeled by liberal racists. The illegitimate government of the United States has branded me as the Great Satan because of the color of my skin, and I could not be happier about it. It is a badge of honor to be worn proudly. It proves that I am a member of the most tolerant, generous, peaceful, and loving people in human history - European-Americans. I know that the reason blacks hate us is because they did not have the guts to free themselves - they needed us to do it for them. After 150 years, no gratitude, just whining and hate from them. I curse the Jews and the Muslims and the blacks who sold their own brothers into slavery, but I will not wear for one second any guilt associated with their crimes. Make my day - call me a racist.

Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 6:44 PM


hausfrau
Missouri

I think you know and I know that this all started because the left and democrats have been calling ANYONE who disagreed with Obama's policies a RACIST!!!!!! People are sick, sick, sick of it! Is this where we are in America now? We are not allowed to publicly disagree with an administration? We are supposed to be afraid to speak up because we will be charged with racism. Well, it's just not going to work anymore. We are tired, tired, tired of being called racist every time we don't like a policy. The democrats and their cheerleaders in the media have taken us down this pathetic place we are now in with race relations.

Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 5:33 PM


descarado
Nevada

How on earth does someone as smart as Juan Williams describe Barack Obama as being "bright?" This is an unqualified, unaccomplished man. This village idiot has made his way into the White House and he is playing with matches. He has put the O.J. Simpson jury in charge of the Justice Department and a merry band of Ringling Brothers economic midgets are shilling Bernie Madoff's kosher bacon from The Treasury and the Fed, bouncing trillion dollar checks on the taxpayers' account one day and then giving a pompous speech about cutting the deficit the next. But give Mr. Obama his due. He has eclipsed Jimmy Carter as the most incompetent president to ever sit in the Oval Office and his has surpassed Bill Clinton as the poorest excuse for an American man to ever wander through the Lincoln bedroom.
Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 11:19 AM


jimmymacny
New York

It seems to me that the single most effective thing the Obama Administration has accomplished is to have given new life to Racism. For the last twenty years or so, I hardly ever gave it a thought, albet the occasional appearance or Farrakan, Jackson or Sharpton. Now it seems that it's almost a daily occurrance, and the emails, rants, and blogs, have evolved from jokes and stupid videos to hateful diatribes. Great Job Mr President.
Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 11:08 AM

The commenter who wrote "Mrs. Sherrod FORCED FOX into the story" currently takes the lead in the Haterade 500. The commenter who wrote "I know that the reason blacks hate us is because they did not have the guts to free themselves - they needed us to do it for them" is the reigning world champion of the National Racial Resentment Association.

It looks like anybody selling tin foil hats must be making a mint these days.

Just when you think that the entire comment board at the FOX Forum has gone completely off of its rocker, though, you come across a lone voice in the wilderness like the comment below:

mnorth1

"Fair and balanced" is an embarrassing joke. I am a staunch conservative, have been all my life, and I wonder how much longer I can continue to call myself a member of this Republican Party with its shrill and shameless propaganda arm Fox News. Juan Williams, I refuse to believe you are ignorant enough to be unaware of the role your own news agency has played in this fiasco, so I have to conclude that you knowingly distort the facts and willfully engage in this incendiary partisan pandering to the lowest common denominator that has become standard operating procedure for what remains of our nation's media. As if the political landscape weren't already bleak enough without conservative voices everywhere leap-frogging the liberals in a race to see who can be most banal and vapid. Shame on you, sir.
Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 10:18 AM









"Blaming Obama for the Sherrod mess is like blaming Martin Luther King Jr. for stepping in front of that bullet that was fired from James Earl Ray's rifle."


Kris Broughton

I will be on the radio tomorrow evening at 8:30 pm EST with Sean Yoes, senior reporter at The Afro American, giving my own two cents on the Shirley Sherrod mess. Yoes is the host of "The WEAA/AFRO First Edition", an hour-long political talk show on Baltimore's NPR affiliate WEAA-FM (88.9 FM), which airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m.

This week we talk about Shirley Sherrod, FOX News, Andrew Breitbart, and delve into who controls the racial narrative in our media. Ordinarily, I publicize this the day the show airs, but we had so much fun with this I am starting early, because I really think you will enjoy a viewpoint on this that you are probably not going to get anywhere else.

You can click this link and push the "Listen Live" button at the top of the page to hear the show. My segment comes on at 8:30pm.

As always, it was fun. Check it out the entire show if you have a chance - each segment looks at the Sherrod situation on this week's show.


Some of my black blogging brethren have gotten so twisted up in knots about this Shirley Sherrod fiasco THAT SHE OBVIOUSLY BROUGHT ABOUT HERSELF that I believe the logic section of their brains have been deprived of oxygen.

Because in spite of the incontrovertible facts that surround the origin of this mess, which was birthed from the same template of social domination racially obsessed white men have been using since our black asses were dragged off of those slave ships, this has morphed into GOP Jedi Mind Trick #17,642, wherein the attacker and his cohorts succeed in getting the public to indict a third party for failing to properly address a controversy they have manufactured all by themselves in their dank right wing lairs.

However you feel about the president's response, or lack thereof, IS relevant, but it is not the main event. Not even close. Blaming Obama for this mess, or the NAACP for this mess, is like blaming Martin Luther King Jr. for getting in the way of that bullet that James Earl Ray’s rifle fired.

It is like blaming the slaves for not coming to their masters aid and helping them to win the Civil War.

It is like blaming the African captives who died on those slave ships - the ones that brought many of our ancestors here - for depriving the slave traders of their rightful profits.

To the silly rabbits out there, and you know who you are, TRICKS ARE FOR KIDS.

Shirley Sherrod has a platform this week that it looks like she is trying to take advantage of to advance OUR cause, but many of you are already afraid that she will talk too much.

That she will lose her moral authority, or her claim to victimhood, or some other such nonsense, because she is not willing to comport herself as if she is bucking for a promotion for the executive suite at the tight ass corporation YOU work for, instead of being what she is – a sixty something year old black woman who was probably only a couple of years away from retirement in her old job, a level headed woman of at least average intelligence who is availing herself of the chance to tell it like it is, unfiltered, unbought and unbossed.

Two days of one lone voice in the wilderness is too much?

Are you so ready to see Mr. Charlie back in charge, because that looks normal, because that feels RIGHT, that you are willing to trade Mrs. Sherrod's hearfelt, unpolished candor for the very same vitriol you got last week and the week before that from a TV station that should lose its FCC license, or at the very least, the ability to call itself a news channel?

Some of you are on my blogroll.

Some of you are my friends - at least the internet version of friends.

What I want to remind all of you of is something many of us used to say back in grade school, when we first began to learn about slavery, or watched Roots, or got to hold real live slave shackles in our hands.

“I couldn’t have been a slave” was a favorite. “I woulda had to kill me some white folks” was another. “You wouldn’ta caught me picking no damn cotton” was another.

But the ugly truth is, practically all of us with slave ancestry are descended from people who didn’t kill anybody. Dead black people don’t propagate, an equation white slave owners bent on quelling the hot blood of insurrectionists knew all too well.

And yet here we are, fighting against the exact same forces of evil, in a venue where we run no risk of being maimed or mauled or killed for taking it to our enemy electronically with each and every keystroke, and all I see is the same type of “woulda coulda shoulda” folks doing the same thing now that they would have done in the 1800’s – doing the master’s dirty work for him.

One other sentiment I started to see is the old “we don’t need to get these white folks riled up” meme.

Why not?

Even the slaves, in as inhuman a position of deference as they were, understood that there was only so far their masters were willing to go. That they were too valuable to lose in large masses, just like our black asses are too valuable to America today to have all 44 million of us vamoose into thin air.

Very few men, even race crazed white men and the puppets on their payrolls, are willing to burn down their own house while they are in it.

It doesn’t take much to put puppets like the FOX News goon squad and the Andrew Breitbart’s and Michelle Malkin’s and all the rest of the right wing tools who are willing to prostitute themselves unconditionally to satisfy the crazy race fetishes of very, very rich men on their heels. We have put them on their heels before, and we can do it again.

All I will say is, the last time we decided to make Mr. Charlie and HIS rich masters take two steps back, and grudgingly recognize in us African Americans another half-measure of humanity, we didn’t waste any time trying to convince each other that Martin Luther King was guilty for stepping in front of that bullet on purpose in 1968.

We kept our eyes squarely locked on our enemy, met him toe to toe, and let the unedited tapes of our enemy’s unchecked depravity speak the truth to the world.




I don't mean that this lowlife should fall on his sword in the way that the Japanese commit seppuku when they have brought dishonor to a noble cause, because there is absolutely nothing noble about the Tea Party or the more deranged elements of the conservative movement.

I mean that he should fall on his sword because any other way of seeing his rancid guts spill out would mean jail time for someone, since this isn't the 1960's anymore, and Breitbart isn't a black man fighting for justice, like Hosie Miller, Shirley Sherrod's father, who was shot in the back by a white farmer, but 2010, where Breitbart is a white man fighting for the right to oppress the truth about who he and those like really are at every turn.

Putting Breitbart on TV last night for his side of the story in this god awful mess that swirls around Mrs. Sherrod's inspirational speech at a NAACP affair that happened over 20 years ago as if he is a legitimate voice is like interviewing James Earl Ray after he was convicted of killing Martin Luther King Jr. and refusing to hammer him with questions about why he pulled the trigger.

The question that Mrs. Sherrod asked last night when she appeared on CNN - "why? Why are they doing this?" - is the same question African Americans have been asking since the beginning of our days on this continent.

I could go on and on with this line of reasoning, but if you are reading this, you have a pretty good idea of where I am headed, and if you don't, you can click this link and "marinate on THIS for a minute", as my more ghetto slang inclined buddies would say, while I get back to the metaphorical flaying of some more of the flesh from our wannabe gangsta white supremacist channeling Mr. Breitbart's ass.

Extermination of the Tea Party is at the top of my Christmas list, but you already know that if you read this blog regularly. If I am lucky, when I finish writing this, I will have one of those nice, long, delicious dreams in which I am a giant wearing an exterminator's uniform, with an enormous can of poison spray that affects the central nervous system of those who insist on elevating human excrement like Breitbart and Glen Beck and even that fake apologizer Bill O'Reilly and the rest of their gang who can't hate straight the way commercial bug spray zaps those nasty critters that occasionally infest your house.

Although, being a realist, I am more inclined to believe what I can see - that if you bundled all of the white hate hustlers like Breitbart who get rich by driving the level of racial animosity among the fringes of white America into a frenzy together, hate hustlers like want-to-be-white Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity - if you bundled them all together and put them into a gigantic space shuttle and rammed it directly into the center of the sun, a thousand years later, when a random solar flare finally spit out the remnants, you could still see the hate these people have encasing molecules of their DNA like protective casings so they might spawn again.

I'll get somebody to sharpen that sword for you, Mr. Breitbart, if you think it will have trouble cleaving through your thick skin.

My buddy from Alabama is right - the Tea Party should move its headquarters to Montgomery, Alabama, the home of the First White House of the Confederacy. It would be a perfect match for their Confederate state of mind.

Make no mistake about, Mr. Breitbart - you and your cohorts clumsy and ham handed efforts to control the political narrative in this country are not going to work. There are too many voices out here this time, too many voices that aren't controlled by Rupert Murdoch or GE or whoever owns the other major networks this week. We see you. We know who you are. And we are willing to go toe to toe with you every day of the week and ten times on Sundays. We already have your place on the wall in the Hate Hustlers Hall of Fame reserved, right between Eric Rudolph and Timothy McVeigh.

The NAACP, which seems to have found a new reason to live, should keep up the good fight. If Ben Jealous does nothing else for the next ten years but relentlessly antagonize bullshit race baiting organizations and those like the Tea Party, which obviously have no problem harboring hate hustlers and white supremacists he will have done yeoman's work at keeping the premier civil rights organization relevant in the new millennium.

Where is Kanye West when you need him? He could boil this whole thing down to one of those embarrassing catch phrases that radio stations across the country would play day and night the way they did the "George Bush don't like black people" song. Is there a rapper out there in need of a hit? A record producer out there who's got a dope beat that nobody has recorded over yet that he can donate to the cause? A lyricist who can work the name "Breitbart" into the hook?

Blaming the president for not responding to this properly is like blaming the fire department for not getting to your house fast enough after the neighbor's bad kid sets your house on fire. It would be nice to turn Obama into a black superhero, but he is just a president, doing his job one day at a time. And in case you are too slow to follow that metaphor that opens this paragraph, Andrew Breitbart is the bad kid - a racial arsonist hell bent on doing whatever he can to destroy the fleeting progress America has made towards racial equality.

Every once in awhile, though, these racial arsonists fuck up and set their own damn houses on fire.

The problem you've got, Breitbart, is that I will be the one answering your 911 call.










Today's topic at my blog "Resurgence" on BigThink.com:


The FOX News Fact-Free Zone And Shirley Sherrod

If you listen to the entire video of Shirley Sherrod's infamous NAACP remarks, somewhere around the 14 minute mark, your stomach will start to curdle as you hear her describe her father's death at the hands of a group of southern white men in the sixties.


"My father wasn’t the first black person to be killed. He was a leader in the community. He wasn’t the first one to be killed by, by white men in the county. But I couldn’t just let his death go without doing something in answer to what happened. I made the commitment on the night of my father’s death at the age of 17 that I would not leave the south, that I would stay in the south and devote my live to working for change. And I’ve been true to that commitment all of these 45 years.

You know, when you look at some of the things that I’ve done through the years, and when you look at some of the things that happened to us. I went, I went to school my first two years at Fort Valley, I know there are some Albany State graduates in here too. I did my first two years at Fort Valley, but so much was happening back at home and then I met this man here—I’ll tell you a little bit about him – that I transferred back to Albany State, and did the last two years.

But two weeks after I went to school at Fort Valley they called and told me that a bunch of white men had gathered outside of our home and burned the cross one night. Now in the house was my mother, my four sisters, and my brother, who was born June 6 and this was September. That was all in the house that night. What my mother and one of sisters went out on the porch. My mother had a gun.

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Two chump change looking negroes with a nightstick have the entire right wing of American politics in an uproar?

Is Bill O'Reilly serious?

Two ridiculous looking negroes who would be laughed off of a rap video set for looking like fake-ass black power advocates have got the FOX News "Bimbos With An Attitude"'s thongs all in a knot?

Is Sean Hannity stupid?

Watched FOX last night with a friend for some laughs - FOX is NUTS over this New Black Panther thing - but who the hell are they?

And why should I care?

The way Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly are acting, you would think there were 20 million black folks running amok amongst the rest of the 300 million plus people in the U.S, instead of a group so small 99.999999999% of all black people in the country can safely say that they have never seen a real live member in the flesh.

I guess I’ve been in my own fiction writing and rewriting bubble the past week or so, because I can’t believe how much press these punk looking black pantherites in PA are still getting. I mean, you would think Tweedle O'Reilly and Tweedle Hannity (tweedle dee and tweedle dum for those of you who are still caught in the glare of the FOX tractor beam that zaps your IQ 40 points) were talking about Timothy McVeigh types or something, AFTER he blew up the federal building in Oklahoma.

Fuck Malik Shabazz, better known as Paris Lewis to his momma, and the TV camera loving studio thugs he calls the New Black Panther Party. The only thing blowing up on these Nubian nincompoops are their cell phones. But the more important question, since I am sure there are emails circulating with a BOLO style warning amongst all the RedStaters and Michelle Malkin zombies, is this – just how many New Black Panthers are there?

Does anybody know?

Can I get a witness?

The New Black Panther website says they have 27 chapters. Other sources claim 35. Several of these are purported to be in foreign countries. And no where can I find a number of registered, dues paying members – not even an estimate. Not even an educated guess.

I jokingly said to my buddy last night that FOX gets its angry blonde newscasters from Hooters, but maybe its true, since they don’t seem to understand or care that their story is very, very light on verifiable facts. We all know that the Cracker Nation FOX caters to don't feel right unless black bogeymen are handy to blame.

So FOX delivers fresh negro madness daily.

You can't say they don't bend over backwards to please their audience.

It wasn't until two o'clock in the morning that I read something on the internet that made me want to call my buddy right then. But I though better of it, and waiting until morning to tell him that the black dude who proudly says he's running things at the New Black Panthers Party is a fellow Howard Law grad.

My buddy sounded so glum after I told him this, I started to feel sorry for ruining the start to his day.

"I heard their was some radical brother who was there after I left. That's him? Damn."

There must be a website somewhere, or a service like Rentboy.com where black people with apparent following, a convoluted personal and social philosophy that wasn't even relevant fifty years ago, and a burning need to be on TV every night can go and post their pictures and bio. Maybe its called BlackBogeyman.com

Anyway, I'm back in the land of the sane, although there is still a bit of that right wing demagogue taint on me. Watching FOX News is like getting sprayed by a skunk - three days later, you still have trouble getting rid of the stench.

As far as I'm concerned, FOX can keep these deranged black people they lift out of obscurity. Take 'em home with you, Sean. Adopt 'em, Bill, like Angelina Jolie. You make 'em famous, you have to live with 'em should be the rule.

A shalom alaikum





The Brown Man Has Been Talking To Himself



The Brown Man has been talking to himself.

A lot.

I'm discovering now why I resisted blogging for so long in the first place. I've been putting together some recordings and videos for the beginnings of the fall marketing campaign for my book lately, which has been a lot more compelling than much of the political news and current events hitting the airwaves these days.

I mean, Levi and Bristol are like the Jerry Springer Show without the mystery guest. They are like Liz Taylor and Richard Burton without the acting careers - in fact, without any careers, or any particular interest in getting any skills so they can start some.

Chris Brown and Rihanna are back together, although Mr. Brown is probably still on probation, which means, if I were him, that I would just chose another chick. Then again, when you are his age, you are convinced that the ocean only has one fish with your name on it.

Nancy Pelosi seems to be stealing a page from the GOP playbook - complete and constant denial is always better than dealing with reality. As ham handed as Robert Gibbs is, he told the truth. Gibbs might have been better served by adding his follow up statement about the White House efforts to combat this possibility in the next sentence instead of waiting until the next day.

And of course, your president is the cause of every ill in the Western world and every ill advised act the United States government has facilitated for the last 50 years, with evil powers so great that they preceded his birth by several years, a birth, I might add, whose time, date, and location have also made him a childhood playmate of Adolph Hitler during his preteen years.

Other than that, we have all suffered through two weeks of left versus right, New Black Panther versus Tea Party, pundit A versus pundit B drivel that is so useless it would almost have been better if the networks had simply rerun the tapes from the two weeks before the Fourth 24/7, right down to the commercials and the outdated weather reports.


Today At Big Think: The Emperors Have No Clothes On





Today's topic at my blog "Resurgence" on BigThink.com:


The Emperors Have No Clothes On

I rarely watch Meet The Press since Tim Russert died, and even then, I wasn’t all that regular a viewer. David Gregory, Russert’s replacement, may be a smart guy, but he looks like he is afraid of his guests, with the result that he lags about three beats behind them when he should be beating half of them over the head with the ridiculous assertions that habitually issue from their lips. In fact, all of the Sunday morning political shows have gone a little stale these days, with their fairly static round robin of guest panelists who can be counted on to say the same old thing week in and week out. The addition of Rachel Maddow to yesterday’s panel on Meet The Press was refreshing enough, though, that I ended up watching the show until the end.

I am no fan of The Rachel Maddow Show. The couple of times I’ve watched it has left me with the same kind of feeling I get whenever I visit one of these modern day contemporary churches, as if there is an inordinate amount of pageantry and spectacle that has to be suffered through in order to get to the main event. But since Maddow and mega church ministers basically have the same mandate, they have no choice but to pander to their audiences in order to keep their numbers up, no matter how many degrees or specialized talents they may possess.



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Rush Limbaugh Cries “Payback” Once Too Often

There was a time when you could reliably blame just about anything gone wrong from the weather to the size of your bank account on blacks or minorities and the majority of the general public would have eagerly accepted your explanation, no matter how little sense it made. Those days are over…

…for most of us.

As in the vast, silent multiethnic majority stew that is modern day America.

Earlier this week radio jock Rush Limbaugh went back to his favorite race baiting theme—“blacks are out to get whitey”—and spouted this gem:

“This man [Obama]has not lifted a finger to create any private sector jobs. And the dirty little secret is he doesn’t intend to. Why aren’t we growing jobs in this country like we used to? Why aren’t we? It’s, it’s not hard to do. All kinds of text book evidence, real life historical evidence of how to do it. We’re not doing it, we’re not doing it on purpose. It’s payback time. All the people who’re unemployed, it’s time for you to find out what its like to be an American all these two hundred years. Fie yie, greatest country on earth, super power, right, well, might have been for some people, but you’re gonna find out what its been like for two hundred years for some of us, to be an American. It’s payback time. That’s what’s going on here.”

From The Rush Limbaugh Show via Media Matters




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The Brown Man Has Been On Break




The Brown Man has been on break.

The Brown Man has read only two newspapers in the last seven days. Watched no news at all until I did so accidentally the night before last, whereupon I fell directly asleep after about thirty seconds. And I have even been loathe to frequent my normal political oriented websites very much this week. None of this was planned - one day simply faded into the next.

The thing is, I don’t feel like I’ve missed anything.

The few glimpses I’ve taken here or there of current events reveals next to no new facts about anything that is really important, and a whole lot of information, like the fuss over the LeBron James press conference tonight, that is pretty much useless.

I think this recent holiday and two back-to-back birthday celebrations the last few days have imposed more of an internet free schedule on me than I normally enjoy. And I'll have to admit I’ve had a very good time the last few days doing the stuff that normal people do at the end of the day instead of pecking away at this keyboard.

In the business world, this is known as "the week that people who aren't on vacation resent being at work." Half the folks you need to talk to in order to get anything moving will be back next week. The other half are bugging you about World Cup soccer highlights, at least until they find out that you think it is just a time killer until the pro football season starts.

This internet is too seductive, though - too seductive and too powerful for me to be gone for long.

I ran into a little interference at the local Starbucks when I was picking up a copy of the Sunday edition of the New York Times last weekend. When I wished the manager a happy Independence Day, she looked me right in the eye and said clearly and distinctly, with a slight air of defiance, "it may be the last Independence Day we have."

She was a taut, lean, fifty something woman sporting a Katherine Hepburn jawline. I looked at her, resisting mightily the urge to tell her where she and the rest of her Tea Bagger buddies could go, and asked her to explain what she meant.

"We might not have any freedoms left by this time next year," she said.

I leaned over the counter and put on my best salesman smile. "Two hundred and twenty odd years ago, I imagine people said the same thing. And they've said it many times since then. But we are still here, still kicking. I think the country is going to be just fine for awhile to come."

There are more individual freedoms codified into law now than there ever were when the Founding Fathers sat down and penned the Constitution, a man made document that like the Bible has been attributed with out-sized mythical powers, mythical powers that seem to imbue those who reject logic and factual evidence in favor of emotional arguments with a sense of righteousness that is usually as wrong as the day is long.

The great thing is, I haven't thought about this until now.

Looks the the break has come to an end.



















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Black Revolutionary War Patriots Integral To Defeat Of British Army

The Fourth of July is one of our most patriotic holidays. The famous portrait of Revolutionary era soldiers marching with fife and drum is one of its most recognized symbols, but until recently, I didn’t realize that it wasn’t a complete picture of the American troops. None of the history books I studied back in high school mentioned any African American soldiers other than Crispus Attucks, so I was surprised last year to find out that there were thousands of black patriots who fought valiantly against the British, playing an integral role in the Continental Army’s victory.

So I spent a little time on Google and started learning a lot about a part of America's history that has either been ignored or largely excluded from the official narrative about our country's violent birth.


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Everybody is trying to make it to the weekend and the president is still grinding away, with a speech yesterday guaranteed to open up debates from coast to coast during this most patriotic of weekends.

But if we could quit getting caught up in all the god damn flag waving for a minute, we might really be able to see more clearly why this is a problem, and why doing more of what we are doing now is not possible.

Every house in my neighborhood was built in part by illegal immigrant labor. If you live in a house in just about any metro area in the country that was built in the last twenty years, yours was too. This labor allowed you to buy a bigger house for less money - whether it was ten percent less or twenty percent less or some number somewhere in between I don't know, but it should be obvious to anyone who knows how to operate a basic calculator that paying less than market wages translated into a benefit for the builder and the homeowner.

BY the time I return, illegal immigrants with leaf blowers will have cleared my neighborhoods streets of debris.

The golf courses I passed this morning all employ their own armies of illegal immigrants to keep their fairways and their greens cut.

The restaurant where I ate a bacon biscuit had several illigal immigrants working in the back prepping food orders and washing dishes.

Squadrons of illegal immigrants descend on the houses I pass everyday to clean them, or repair their roofs, or paint them, or lay sod, or any number of tasks that keep an oasis of Republican rectitude looking crisp and clean.



As Americans - not just Republicans, or Democrats, but AMERICANS - we will lie to ourselves so much it should be listed as an official pathological disease category by the Psychological Association.

We cannot and will not pay the hundreds of billions of dollars a year to completely secure the border and aggressively deport any and all illegal immigrants.

If we did, the people who depend on this cheap labor would squawk their heads off via their lobbyists, PR people and fake political action groups.

The good thing about not being the president is not having to deal with everything. I have done no research on the illegal immigrant problem, and I am heavily inclined to follow the rule of law.

But unless we want to leave this issue in the "permanent national complaint" category, we have got to quit bullshitting ourselves about our moral purity and get real - we are in a symbiotic relationship with 15 million to 20 million people who are an integral part of our daily lives.



And since all our principles seem to evaporate whenever we can get something we want cheaper, we need to act like real capitalists and come up with a capitalist solution, rather than one cooked up in a church pulpit or a political rally.

The president is right about making these people citizens, but he can't tell Americans the real reason why this is the only answer we are willing to pay for. He can't tell Americans that we are prone to say one thing and do another, because that's not what we elect our presidents to do.

Is this is an easy answer? No. Do I like it? No. But there are a lot of things in life I don't like that I deal with because it is the best that can be done under the circumstances.

Even in Arizona, where antipathy against illegal immigrants is high, and new laws seem to hit the books daily to eradicate them, I don't see any mass firings of illegal immigrants. Any groundswell of support AT ALL from those who even as I write this are preparing pay envelopes to hand out later this afternoon to their no documents required employees, employees they are counting on to return to work next week, and the week after, and the week after that so the rest of us can continue to get the stuff we want at as cheap a price as we possibly can.



But since I'm not the president, I can tell you why most of us, when it comes to immigration, are full of shit. Until you start tearing the sheetrock out of your house that was put up by illegal immigrant hands, until you start stripping the paint off of your house that was painted on there by illegal immigrant hands, until you start stripping the shingles off your roof that were nailed in place by illegal immigrant hands, until you stop eating at restaurants that use illegal immigrant labor, or refuse to eat food tended and picked by illegal immigrant hands...

...you need to put down that damn flag and start trying to learn some Spanish.








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Stephen Hayes's Cash Crop: "This Is How You Got Here"

"I don’t consider myself an artist. I consider myself a creator."

As soon as I heard these words from Stephen Hayes through the phone, I sat back in my chair. It wasn’t just the authority of his tone but the sense that he was totally in control of his talent and his vision that made me glad I’d asked him for an interview. Mr. Hayes, a recent recipient of a masters degree in fine arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is currently showing his master’s thesis, titled Cash Crop, at the Mason Murer Fine Arts Gallery in Atlanta. Cash Crop is comprised of fifteen life size relief sculptures of former slaves that serve for Hayes as a symbolic representation of the fifteen million Africans imported to the New World from 1540 to 1850. It is a must see installation, a massive multimedia piece that is as emotionally riveting as it is aesthetically engaging.


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GOP Attacks On Thurgood Marshall Legacy Hit Wrong Note

Elena Kagan’s confirmation should hold about as much suspense as the third presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain back in the fall of 2008. As in absolutely none. Just in case the GOP strategists haven’t noticed, a certain underwater oil gusher has crowded all of the make-believe dramas, especially those like the ones that usually bind our political parties together in mortal combat, off the big stage for awhile.

Really, Kagan is so bland, I forgot she was the Supreme Court nominee for awhile. Which means that despite hamming it up for the cameras, the GOP will go along with the Democrats on this and confirm the former Solicitor General after squawking a bit for the cameras. So why are a few Republican senators insisting on making a spectacle of themselves by thrashing the memory of Thurgood Marshall during the televised hearings? They couldn’t appeal to their hardcore believers any more than they already do if they were to dig Marshall’s corpse up, throw a noose around his neck, and lynch him posthumously.




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