Takes One To Know One

The Death of the Media

clarence.jpgFrom Juan Williams writing in the Wall Street Journal, who sings the praises of Clarence Thomas as a race healer:

 

“Justice Thomas, who has been on the court nearly a quarter-century, remains a polarizing figure—loved by conservatives and loathed by liberals. But his “free”-thinking legal opinions are opening new roads for the American political debate on racial justice.

His opinions are rooted in the premise that the 14th Amendment—guaranteeing equal rights for all—cannot mean different things for different people. As he wrote in Fisher v. University of Texas (2013), he is opposed to “perpetual racial tinkering” by judges to fix racial imbalance and inequality at schools and the workplace. Yet he never contends racism has gone away. The fact that a 2001 article in Time magazine about him was headlined “Uncle Tom Justice” reminds us that racism stubbornly persists.

…Justice Thomas, meanwhile, is reshaping the law and government policy on race by virtue of the power of his opinions from the bench. Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American on the Supreme Court, stood up as a voice insisting on rights for black people. Justice Thomas, the second black man on the court, takes a different tack. He stands up for individual rights as a sure blanket of legal protection for everyone, including minorities.”

That the Uncle Ruckus of the Supreme Court is reshaping the law and government policy on race is by dismantling The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act clause-by-clause, of this there can be no doubt. Thomas’ fix to all societal problems is telling minorities to pull themselves up by their own societal bootstraps, even though (as Williams points out) he knows that racism exists. He gives a fig leaf of coverage to institutional racism.

Thomas’ one-size-fits-all world view will be put to the test with Marriage Equality this term, and I suspect he will absolutely be against it.

Why Fox News contributor Juan Williams is writing a mash note to Clarence Thomas is the real question here. Or maybe it’s not.

D’Vorce D’Spousa’s Totally Dog Whistle Tweet

Documentarian fabulist, convicted felon, fired Y’all Qaeda business school dean, and would-be bigamist D’VORCE D’SPOUSA has done gone slipped into Ann Coulter racist territory. And while I seriously believe it is only a matter of time before Coulter starts selling speculum peeks for $5, it is really hard to imagine how much lower this man will go for attention.

News That Will Drive You To Drink

KKKUpcakes are the favorite treat of Rep. Steve Scalise (Confederacy-LA)

KKKUpcakes are the favorite treat of Rep. Steve Scalise (Confederacy-LA)

Never apologize, never surrender:

Six years before he spoke to a white supremacist group, while he was a state legislator, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) voted against a resolution apologizing for slavery, according to a 1996 article from New Orleans’s Times-Picayune…

“Why are you asking me to apologize for something I didn’t do and had no part of?” Scalise is quoted as saying in the newspaper. “I am not going to apologize for what somebody else did.”

Scalise spokeswoman Moira Smith did not respond to two emails and a voice message seeking comment about the congressman’s vote.

And that, kiddies, demonstrates to us the difference between quietly objecting to a bill and VEHEMENTLY opposing a bill. Scalise also voted against making Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a state holiday, so you know that the number 3 Republican is consistent.

(Image Hat tip: Scissorhead Patrick Bjork)

Your Saturday Bottomless Mug of Stupid

“That’s my question about these guys because if we know they were speaking unaccented French and they had, you know, ski masks on, do we even know what color they were. What the tone of their skin was. I mean what if they didn’t look like typical bad guys?’

–Fox News anchor Shannon Bream

Why are all the dogs barking, Shannon?

(TPM)

I’m Shocked, Shocked I Say

And here’s the Google map with the key. The data is drawn from the Southern Poverty Law Center, so if you believe in their methodology (I do), then that’s a pretty accurate map.

You can draw your own conclusions from that map, but the idea that we live in a post-racial society is laughable.

As Miss Janet Jackson Once Sang…

Both Sides Redux

Jonah Doughy Pantload surreal

“…what have you done for me lately?”

Every good liberal worth their salt knew the moment that Steve Scalise’s (Republikkkan – LA) friendship with David Duke and other white supremacists was brought to the nation’s attention, that Wingnuttia was going to immediately bring up that late Democratic Senator Robert Byrd once belonged to the KKK, and that The Kenyan Usurper belonged to Rev. Wright’s church (“Reverse Racism!,” they screamed) and of course, Al Sharpton, whom The Confederacy thinks is Nat Turner reincarnated.

So it comes as little surprise that noted white power scandal sheet The National Review would put their favorite legacy hire and the best son in the world Jonah Goldberg onto the job of proclaiming false equivalency. And boy-howdy! does Doughy Pantload deliver the goods!

…Countless conservatives want to know: Why the double standard? Barack Obama was friends with a domestic terrorist, Bill Ayers. His spiritual mentor was a vitriolic racist, Jeremiah Wright. One of his administration’s closest advisers and allies is Al Sharpton, a man who has inspired enough racial violence to make a grand dragon’s white sheets turn green with envy.

Meanwhile, the Democratic party venerated the late senator Robert Byrd, a former Klansman himself. He was one of 19 senators (all Democrats) to sign the Southern Manifesto opposing integration. One of his co-signers was William Fulbright, Bill Clinton’s mentor.

And so it goes. Wingnuttia is as predictable as it is dense on the subject of race. We can go performa here and cite that the GOP was founded by Lincoln and that they fought for, and signed on to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but then it always goes silent, and Miss Jackson is warming up. So what have you done for Rick Santorum’s friends, the Blahs, lately?

We can start from Nixon-Reagan Southern Strategy and work our way forward, but I don’t think we need to. The Republicans have reformulated, regrouped, and rebranded. They now are the Confederacy reborn, they are working at rewriting our history to say (dog whistle ahead) that the Civil War was about States Rights, African Americans were better off as slaves (because generational poverty brought on by lack of opportunity is The New Slavery), and of course the Curse of Ham always subtly mentioned by Y’all Qaeda thrown in for good measure.

These are the people who would be delighted to tell Oliver Twist that he cannot have more soup.

UPDATE, and here’s a headline that’s gonna leave a mark: Much of David Duke’s ’91 Campaign Is Now in Louisiana Mainstream

The Morning Quote, David Duke Edition

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“If Scalise is going to be crucified — if Republicans want to throw Steve Scalise to the woods, then a lot of them better be looking over their shoulders,” Duke warned, intimating that he would reveal his ties to any politicians who attack Scalise.

Thank you Jeebus for this gift we are about the receive.

(Raw Story)

The Morning Quote

“James Bond is a total concept put together by Ian Fleming. He was white and Scottish, period. That is who James Bond is.”

Junkie Limbaugh reacting to the possibility that non-white and not Scottish actor Idris Elba (Luther, The Wire) might star as 007.

We regret to inform Junkie that there has not been a white Scotsman playing Bond since Sean Connery.

We also want again to raise the question, why not a woman, a Jane Bond? This would also just flip little Rushbo’s sexist mind, but could be really a great new twist in the series. Years ago, I remember Sarah Michelle Geller (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) said that she wanted the part, and I thought that would have been cool.

So… who would you like to see as the next Bond?

The Morning Quote, Giuliani-style

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“We’ve had four months of propaganda starting with the president that everybody should hate the police. The protests are being embraced, the protests are being encouraged. The protests, even the ones that don’t lead to violence, a lot of them lead to violence, all of them lead to a conclusion: The police are bad, the police are racist. That is completely wrong.”

–Mr. 9/11, Rudy Giuliani

Rudy, please cite your sources. I want to see this propaganda you claim has been coming from the president for months. Just one example will do, but four months worth sounds pretty exact, so it should be pretty easy to find. I’ll wait.