Digby: Recapping the Headlines

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13 Responses to Digby: Recapping the Headlines

  1. Jay Schiavone says:

    Hey Sam: Your close personal friend James Howard Kunstler typed up a hard-core racist screed today. http://kunstler.com/blog/2012/04/a-kid-with-skittles.html

    • could you be a little more clear on what his assertion “failure to thrive” is racist?

  2. Fem2pt0 Fem2pt0 ‏ @Fem2pt0

    #WarOnWomen: Poor Women Get No Choice http://ow.ly/aj0hf #fem2 #poverty

  3. Susan Gardner ‏ @SusanGDailyKos

    Mitt Romney to mothers: Want dignity? ‘You need to go to work’ Well, except for rich ones who get praised for ‘choice’ http://shar.es/rJ4al

  4. ThinkProgress ‏ @thinkprogress

    Ann Romney: Rosen’s attack on me was a “gift,” “I loved it.” http://thkpr.gs/HWzQGd

  5. Josh Marshall Josh Marshall ‏ @joshtpm

    News Outlets Ask Judge To Unseal George Zimmerman Files http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entries/news-outlets-ask-judge-to-unseal-george-zimmerman via @TPMLivewire

  6. ThinkProgress ThinkProgress ‏ @thinkprogress

    85% of gun owners and 69% of NRA favor background checks for purchases at gun shows. The NRA opposes anyway. http://thkpr.gs/IZ5QLn

  7. Sam– re Epcot Center: the BBC documentary filmmaker Adam Curtis has done a lot of work about the end of idealism and futurism in the American empire. He digs up all kinds of incredible stuff. On that topic, see especially “The Trap,” “All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace,” and “It Felt Like A Kiss.”


  8. Dennis says:

    Chris Hayes ‘conservative’ guest was, I believe, Kerry Picket of the Washington Times. Her argument was that if schools eliminated ‘pink slime’ from their lunch menus then they would have to discontinue their music programs since un-slimed meat costs more. Also in her arsenal was the apparent position that government intervention exposing the tobacco companies to lawsuits was onerous since the tobacco companies contribute to the S-chip program. She probably won’t be back. Good.

  9. On Blacks

    (Affect(ing) a black accent to recount San Francisco mayor Willie Brown asking) “Who is this “Emily List? She’s supportin’ all these people. She’s supportin’ Sen. Dianne Feinstein. She’s supported Sen. Barbara Boxer….She supported everybody. Why won’t she support me?” — Hillary Clinton. Source: John Broder of the LA Times

    “Some junior high n*gger kicked Steve’s ass while he was trying to help his brothers out; junior high or sophomore in high school. Whatever it was, Steve had the n*gger down. However it was, it was Steve’s fault. He had the n*gger down, he let him up. The n*gger blindsided him.” — Roger Clinton, the President’s brother on audiotape

    “You’d find these potentates from down in Africa, you know, rather than eating each other, they’d just come up and get a good square meal in Geneva.” — Fritz Hollings (D, S.C.)

    “Is you their black-haired answer-mammy who be smart? Does they like how you shine their shoes, Condoleezza? Or the way you wash and park the whitey’s cars?” — Song from the show of left-wing radio host Neil Rogers

    Blacks and Hispanics are “too busy eating watermelons and tacos” to learn how to read and write.” — Mike Wallace, CBS News. Source: Newsmax

    Black on Black

    “In the days of slavery, there were those slaves who lived on the plantation and [there] were those slaves that lived in the house. You got the privilege of living in the house if you served the master … exactly the way the master intended to have you serve him. Colin Powell’s committed to come into the house of the master. When Colin Powell dares to suggest something other than what the master wants to hear, he will be turned back out to pasture.” — Harry Belafonte

    “Republicans bring out Colin Powell and J.C. Watts because they have no program, no policy. They have no love and no joy. They’d rather take pictures with black children than feed them.” — Donna Brazile, Al Gore’s Campaign Manager for the 2000 election

    (On Clarence Thomas) “A handkerchief-head, chicken-and-biscuit-eating Uncle Tom.” — Spike Lee

    “He’s married to a white woman. He wants to be white. He wants a colorless society. He has no ethnic pride. He doesn’t want to be black.” — California State Senator Diane Watson’s on Ward Connerly’s interracial marriage

    Comments From The Past

    “Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.” — Former Klansman and current US Senator Robert Byrd, a man who is referred to by many Democrats as the “conscience of the Senate”, in a letter written in 1944, after he quit the KKK.

    “I am a former kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan in Raleigh County and the adjoining counties of the state …. The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia …. It is necessary that the order be promoted immediately and in every state of the Union. Will you please inform me as to the possibilities of rebuilding the Klan in the Realm of W. Va …. I hope that you will find it convenient to answer my letter in regards to future possibilities.” — Former Klansman and current US Senator Robert Byrd, a man who is referred to by many Democrats as the “conscience of the Senate”, in a letter written in 1946, after he quit the KKK.

    “These laws [segregation] are still constitutional and I promise you that until they are removed from the ordinance books of Birmingham and the statute books of Alabama, they will be enforced in Birmingham to the utmost of my ability and by all lawful means.” — Democrat Bull Connor (1957), Commissioner of Public Safety for Birmingham, Alabama

    “I’ll have those n*ggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” — Lyndon B. Johnson to two governors on Air Force One according Ronald Kessler’s Book, “Inside The White House”

    (On New York) “K*ketown.” — Harry Truman in a personal letter

    “I think one man is just as good as another so long as he’s not a n*gger or a Chinaman. Uncle Will says that the Lord made a White man from dust, a nigger from mud, then He threw up what was left and it came down a Chinaman. He does hate Chinese and Japs. So do I. It is race prejudice, I guess. But I am strongly of the opinion Negroes ought to be in Africa, Yellow men in Asia and White men in Europe and America.” Harry Truman (1911) in a letter to his future wife Bess

    “There�s some people who�ve gone over the state and said, �Well, George Wallace has talked too strong about segregation.� Now let me ask you this: how in the name of common sense can you be too strong about it? You�re either for it or you�re against it. There�s not any middle ground as I know of.” — Democratic Alabama Governor George Wallace (1959)

    On Jews

    “You f*cking Jew b@stard.” — Hillary Clinton to political operative Paul Fray. This was revealed in “State of a Union: Inside the Complex Marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton” and has been verified by Paul Fray and three witnesses.

    “The Jews don’t like Farrakhan, so they call me Hitler. Well, that’s a good name. Hitler was a very great man. He rose Germany up from the ashes.” — Louis Farrakhan (1984) who campaigned for congresswoman Cynthia McKinney in 2002

    “Now that nation called Israel, never has had any peace in forty years and she will never have any peace because there can never be any peace structured on injustice, thievery, lying and deceit and using the name of God to shield your dirty religion under his holy and righteous name.” — Louis Farrakhan who campaigned for congresswoman Cynthia McKinney in 2002, 1984

    ‘Hymies.’ ‘Hymietown.’ — Jesse Jackson’s description of New York City while on the 1984 presidential campaign trail.

    “Jews � that’s J-E-W-S.” — Democratic state representative Bill McKinney on why his daughter Cynthia lost in 2002

    On Whites

    “I want to go up to the closest white person and say: ‘You can’t understand this, it’s a black thing’ and then slap him, just for my mental health.” — Charles Barron, a New York city councilman at a reparations rally, 2002

    “Civil rights laws were not passed to protect the rights of white men and do not apply to them.” — Mary Frances Berry, Chairwoman, US Commission on Civil Rights

    (I) “will not let the white boys win in this election.” — Donna Brazile, Al Gore’s Campaign Manager on the 2000 election

    “The old white boys got taken fair and square.” — San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown after winning an election

    “There are white n*ggers. I’ve seen a lot of white n*ggers in my time.” — Former Klansman and Current US Senator Robert Byrd, a man who is referred to by many Democrats as the “conscience of the Senate” in March of 2001

    “The Medicaid system must have been developed by a white male slave owner. It pays for you to be pregnant and have a baby, but it won’t pay for much family planning.” — Jocelyn Elders

    The white man is our mortal enemy, and we cannot accept him. I will fight to see that vicious beast go down into the lake of fire prepared for him from the beginning, that he never rise again to give any innocent black man, woman or child the hell that he has delighted in pouring on us for 400 years.” — Louis Farrakhan who campaigned for congresswoman Cynthia McKinney in 2002, City College audience in New York

    “There’s no great, white bigot; there’s just about 200 million little white bigots out there.” — USA Today columnist Julienne Malveaux

    “We have lost to the white racist press and to the racist reactionary Jewish misleaders.” — Former Rep. Gus Savage (D-Illinois) after his defeat 1992

    “White folks was in caves while we was building empires… We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.” — Rev. Al Sharpton in a 1994 speech at Kean College, NJ, cited in “Democrats Do the Dumbest Things

    “The white race is the cancer of human history.” — Susan Sontag

    “Reparations are a really good way for white people to admit they’re wrong.” — Zack Webb, University Of Kentucky NAACP


    -Al Sharpton

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