The 3-Martini Stupid Is Served, Petunia

Oh, she didn't...

Oh, she didn’t…

“He talks about race,” [Gretchen Carlson, the Original Petunia and still the best] the Fox News host noted pointing to [the latest Virginia shooter’s] manifesto. “He put the initials of the Charleston church shooting victims on the bullets that he used today, he praised the Virginia Tech mass killer, Columbine High School killers, says he was being attacked for being a gay black man.”

“He shot three white people today,” Carlson added. “Why is that not a hate crime?”

(The Mock, Paper, Scissors policy is to not name mass killers and give them, even in death, the notoriety they crave.)

In Seattle, Black Lives Matter – UPDATED

[I sometimes write notes to myself that I never intend to publish or at least not for a while, just to jot down my thoughts. This is one of ’em, mostly unedited — Tengrain]

I was sort of out of the loop when Bernie Sanders came to Seattle (too focused on the GOP debate), and I probably would have walked downtown had I known in time. In a way I’m glad I didn’t because I would have (at first blush) been upset with the way he was shut down by #BlackLivesMatter.

#BlackLivesMatter shutting down Bernie for the second (or more) time seemed like unfocused anger. But this is not completely unfocused anger, or at least I don’t think so. Forgive me if I start to white’splain, but I’m trying to sincerely understand this.

Background

Today when I write this is the 1 year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death by gunfire at the hands of the police in Ferguson Missouri. From the WaPo I learned that every 9 days the police shoot and kill an unarmed black man. That number reflects 40% of unarmed deaths by police, and that illustrates what is essentially institutionalized or structural racism as blacks are no where near 40% of the population.

When #BlackLivesMatter protest, the reality on the ground motivating them is this disproportionate response of the police in particular and of society in general that they are being killed in large numbers for no other reason than their race. They have a point.

Strategy

Not to sound too much like Tweety (Chris Matthews), it’s all about strategy. When you create an action, like a protest you plan for a specific outcome. Matthews MSNBC gig essentially rates the effectiveness of the strategy. He comes off as a sociopath because we want to ascribe motive to his analysis, but he is only concerned with outcome: was it effective, Yes or No?

The closest I come to understanding why #BLM is going after the Left is because that is where their leverage is. The Dems know that they need all hands on deck and that includes people of color. So #BlackLivesMatter are applying pressure to the Left because they have leverage there. Bernie currently needs more support more than Hillary, and he enjoys a life-long civil rights record, so he is likely to be persuaded to join to the #BLM cause.

Today Bernie, and maybe tomorrow Hillary though so far she does not go out and meet the public in public. #BLM is about pressure.

Take Your Fight To Your Enemies

I was watching some of the best voices on the left last night decrying how #BlackLivesMatter were hitting their allies and not their enemies; I was going to say something similar but then decided to follow the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag and look for clarity.

Two things become clear to me: 1) No one was listening to what #BLM was saying, and 2) we white liberals were trying to white’splain why Bernie was a bad target for their rage.

One comment (and I didn’t capture the Tweet) was that black activists cannot get in front of the GOP, and if they could they know that they would be shot. It was kind of a stunning moment of clarity. You do what you can to get your message out—there is no such thing as bad publicity?

Generally I believe you take your fight to your enemies, and in this instance that should be the Republicans. But given that the Republicans are now the Confederacy reborn, proudly racist and working hard to suppress people of color, Republicans have nothing to gain and everything to lose if they make any accommodation of African-Americans.

So What We Done For You Lately?

I think #BlackLivesMatter is making a strategic decision to get a strong commitment from the Left. They’ve been given a lot of words for a long time, but as we at MPS have been saying forever, look at the record and not at the rhetoric (we usually say that about candidates from both parties). So, what have we done for you lately? I usually hurl that at Republicans when they bring up that Lincoln freed the slaves; maybe I need more introspection here?

I don’t know if this is the strategy that #BlackLivesMatter is employing, but it is the only way it makes sense to me. They don’t want white guys like me to tell them to pipe down and quit being rude, they don’t need white guys like me telling them to wait their turn. They’ve been waiting for their turn for generations, more accurately since the country was founded. #BlackLiveMatter is demanding their due.

I’m a white guy and I make assumptions all the time, so I don’t have a leg to stand on when it comes to understanding race in America from the black perspective. But I think I get this.

I’m going to shut-up and listen. There’s more I can learn here.

UPDATE 1: Bernie Sanders’ Campaign Adds Young Black Woman As New Public Face:

“Symone Sanders is a young, black, criminal justice advocate and supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. She’s also a progressive political activist right out of the Sanders mold: Her last job was at Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen. In an interview, Symone Sanders said she first connected with the senator about three weeks ago, offering him advice on how to better understand the message of Black Lives Matter activists in an hour-long chat.

“One of my suggestions, he took it and ran with it on Meet the Press, is that racial inequality and economic inequality are parallel issues,” she said. “I [told him,] you know, economic equality is an issue. It’s something we need to address. But for some people it doesn’t matter how much money you make, it doesn’t matter where you went to school, it doesn’t matter what your parents do. It doesn’t matter that Sandra Bland had a job and was on her way to teach for her alma mater. It doesn’t matter. None of that matters.”

UPDATE 2: At Progressive Pond, Booman has a great, longish post up. Required Reading.

The Reagan-esque Stylings of Uncle Sugar

Well, it’s no cadillac-driving welfare queens and young bucks with tee-bone steaks, but all the dogs in Possum Hollar are barking.

Shorter Uncle Sugar: “Those people” don’t deserve anything.

Hey Reince, How’s That Rebranding Workin’ For Ya?

Oklahoma political group apologizes for Facebook post

The Republican GOP in Oklahoma published a picture of a lynched man and had the inspiring idea to add to the image, “The KKK was formed by the Democrats to keep control over black Americans. The Democrats of today just traded ropes for welfare.”

The usual apology ensued:

“The OK Federation of Republican Women regrets that an offensive post was made to our Facebook page today,” Pollard said. “I did not make the post or approve the post and when it was brought to my attention I immediately deleted it. I have since changed the settings on our page to approve all posts before they are published.”

The Oklahoma Federation of Republican Women Pam Pollard is sorry that “an offensive post was made” – it’s a mystery how that happened spontaneously out of thin air. A miracle perhaps, or demonic intervention? Who can say.

Also/Too: the usual corrections/clarifications are needed. The KKK is and was a Christian organization; the KKK is/was a conservative organization. The Democrats and the Republicans traded places decades ago during the Civil Rights era as Tricky Dick implemented the Southern Strategy and later St. Ronnie perfected it.

We’re not saying that all Republicans are racists, but we are saying if you are a racist, you are probably a Republican.

(I refuse to link to the image for obvious reasons.)

Some Fries With Your Stupid?

He really tells Obama to listen to his follow Africans.

Which Scissorhead is this?

Which one of you plays the tuba and decided to follow around KKK marchers giving them a cartoony soundtrack?

Some Fries With Your Stupid?

Oh, he didn't?!

Oh, he didn’t?!

Oh, you know, it’s never about race:

[Airway Heights, WA Mayor Patrick Rushing ] has refused to resign over a Facebook post that compared President Barack Obama’s family to gorillas and monkeys because he says that it would be conceding that he is a racist.

News That Will Drive You To Drink

Mike (Gomer) and Jetherine (the Gomerette) Huckabee

Mike (Gomer) and Jetherine (the Gomerette) Huckabee

Mike Huckabee, the 2016 Goat Rodeo Contender best known to Spitballers far and wide as Uncle Sugar, has discovered black people! Who knew?! BuzzFeed, that’s who!

“People are saying, ‘Well, churches shouldn’t have a tax-exempt status. A Christian school or a university should not have a tax-exempt status, shouldn’t be able to let students come on Pell Grants.’ Because if you equate same-sex marriage to a civil right—,” Huckabee said on a local radio station in Baton Rouge, interrupting himself to make his case against the comparison.

“First of all,” Huckabee said, “what an insult to African-Americans, who were hosed in the street, who were beaten, who were truly discriminated against with separate restrooms, separate drinking fountains, separate entrances. That was true discrimination and it was horrible. It’s hard to say that the redefinition of marriage is on the same basis as was racial discrimination throughout our history.”

Pretty amazing considering last week he told us that there was no racism, just people who needed to be converted to Jeebus.

A Trump Question For The 2016 Goat Rodeo Contenders

Short-fingered vulgarian Donald Trump

Short-fingered vulgarian Donald Trump

I hate making this obvious comment, but why is it the case that none of 2016 Goat Rodeo contenders have weighed in on Donald Trump’s incendiary statements about immigrants, in which he essentially called all hispanic immigrants criminals and rapists?

Trumps comments led to him being fired from NBC Universal, Univision has dropped his Miss Universe Pagent, Mexico is also pulling out of the pagent, and just this morning Macy*s severed their relationship with him.

So riddle me this Senators Cruz and Rubio: why no statement on Trump’s comments? ¡JEB! the Smartest Bush®, since you claim to be an honorary Latino, what about you?

An Important Goat Rodeo Update From Cliven Bundy

Hitching a ride goatTiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) might actually have a scoop on their hands:

“Rand Paul met privately with Cliven Bundy on Monday, the Nevada rancher and anti-government activist told POLITICO.

“The encounter came after Bundy attended an event for the Kentucky senator’s presidential campaign at the Eureka Casino in Mesquite, Nevada. When the larger group dispersed, Bundy said, he was escorted by Paul’s aides to a back room where he and the Republican 2016 contender spoke for approximately 45 minutes…

“The Nevada rancher said that he had expected only to have an opportunity to shake hands with Paul and make small-talk. He was surprised when campaign aides found a private room and allowed Bundy, his wife and son to speak with the candidate for the better part of an hour.

“According to Bundy, the two mainly discussed federal land oversight and states’ rights, in addition to education policy — a theme Paul brought up in his speech.”

None of the news accounts I read yesterday mentioned that the two huddled after the public meeting. On the face of it, so what? But given the outsized, armed resistance to the Federal Government (and white separatists militiamen who cling to him) that Cliven Bundy represents, this is really kind of shocking that Rand Paul would meet with him at all, let alone privately.

UPDATE 1:

Why are the dogs barking, Rand?